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Violent storms, flooding and landslides – in Switzerland, as elsewhere, natural disasters can cause huge damage affecting people, infrastructure and the landscape.
The images of major disasters such as Hurricane Lothar in 1999 and the floods of 2005, which affected practically the whole of Switzerland, are still clear in many minds.
Yet natural disasters that don’t make it into the media can also have serious consequences for some people.
Your donation makes a difference. Thanks to your solidarity, we can help people in Switzerland who have lost everything in a natural disaster.
We not only help individuals: family businesses and communes with a low income also receive our support.
Here, too, our experts look closely at each situation and decide what costs we can meet.
The available resources do not allow for new requests from municipalities to be accepted until further notice.
Fortunately in Switzerland most people have good insurance. Normally the insurance companies meet the costs caused by a natural disaster.
But sometimes not everything is covered, and this can cause huge financial difficulties for some people. It also happens that some types of damages are not covered by any insurance.
Our experts carefully examine each case individually. We can then help pay for any extra costs.
On 14 October 2000, the Valais and Ticino were hit by devastating natural disasters. The solidarity of the people of Switzerland with the victims was astounding: the Swiss Solidarity fundraising campaign raised 74.2 million Swiss francs in donations.
The municipality of Baltschieder near Visp in Canton Valais was the place that suffered the greatest material devastation in the natural disaster that occurred in the Valais, Ticino and neighbouring regions in October 2000: the damage added up to around 80 million Swiss francs.
“We have been helping disadvantaged persons in Switzerland since Swiss Solidarity was first set up. Those who find it difficult to make ends meet under normal circumstances are usually hit hardest by a natural disaster. We like to help such people with our severe weather assistance programme.”Fabienne Vermeulen, Head of Assistance in Switzerland at Swiss Solidarity
In the past 70 years we have paid out 209 million francs in donations to help those affected by severe weather in Switzerland.