Status: December 30, 2020 1:47 p.m.

In the south of Norway, a landslide in the early morning tore away several houses. Ten people were injured and 26 are still missing. Helpers brought hundreds of residents to safety.

At least ten people were injured in a landslide in southern Norway. More than 500 residents have now been brought to safety. At least 26 people who live in the affected area are missing, according to police. It is unclear, however, whether they were in the disaster area or not.

Torn entire houses away

The landslide occurred around 4 a.m. near the center of the small town of Ask in Gjedrum municipality, about 25 kilometers northeast of the capital Oslo. The police said that several houses had been torn from the earth. Operations manager Roger Pettersen told the NRK radio station that residents had dialed the emergency number and described that their whole house was moving. The situation is “serious”. At lunchtime, the emergency services stated that there was a risk that more houses could slip away.

So far it is unclear how the landslide came about. But it could be related to the local soil type, which is very unstable, said the head of operations. There are hills in the Ask area but no high mountains. It had rained a lot in the area recently.

Head of government expresses sympathy

The Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg expressed her condolences to those affected. “It hurts to see how the forces of nature have devastated Gjerdrum,” said the head of government.

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