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Landslide project to save town

A LANDSLIDE in the northern Slovak village of Kvášov is threatening the security of the inhabitants of three local homes, as well as area roads, and a funeral parlour.

According to the state-run news agency, TASR, the houses and the parlour suffered cracks in their walls as a result of the pressure of a moving hill, and several tombstones at the nearby cemetery have already been dislocated.

A local road has also been slightly damaged, suffering several cracks as a result of pressure caused by the moving earth.

According to Ferdinand Galko, head of the environmental department with the regional office in Trenčín, authorities are aware of the problem and have prepared a project to stop the landslide.

The project will cost Sk17 million (€404,700), however, and because the region cannot not afford to finance it, officials want to ask the cabinet to supply the funds.

"The situation is particularly serious. Every time it rains, it all starts moving," Galko said.

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