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Randa is a municipality in the district of Visp in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. It is located between the Weisshorn and the Dom in the Matter Valley.HistoryRanda is first mentioned in 1305 as Randa.In 1819, the village was almost totally destroyed by the blast from a huge avalanche that fell nearby.In 1991, a portion of the village was flooded following a large rockslide from a cliff above the town.The village is popular for tourists wishing to visit the area, as it is reachable by car and rail, and has a campsite which offers a taxi service to Zermatt, a car-free town. The train-line, known as the Glacier Express also connects to Zermatt offering visitors many ways to access the town.GeographyRanda has an area, as of 2011, of 54.5km2. Of this area, 8.0% is used for agricultural purposes, while 9.9% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.6% is settled (buildings or roads) and 81.5% is unproductive land.The municipality is located in the Visp district, in the Matter valley. It consists of the village of Randa and the hamlets of Lerch, Wildi and Attermänze.Coat of armsThe blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Divided by a Bend Argent, Gules a Mullet of the First and Vert an Edelweiss proper slipped.
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