Massive landslide blocks Austrian road
(dpa) - A massive landslide on Thursday engulfed a road in the Austrian province of Salzburg as officials were still unable to confirm whether there had been any casualties.
The mudflow engulfed a 100-metre stretch of a local road and covered it up to 10 metres deep in rocks, mud, trees and other debris, the Austrian press agency said.
Authorities were unable to determine whether any persons or vehicles had been buried, as the mudflow was still moving and rocks were coming down from the mountain.
"We expect further rockslides," Franz Michel, a spokesman of the district authorities, was quoted as saying.
He added that for the time being there was no information on casualties, but it could not be ruled out completely until the debris had been removed.
Owing to the dangers involved, recovery work could only start when the mountain side stopped moving in the next days, experts said.