Updated January 01, 2021, 7:08 pm
- Rescue workers recover a body after a severe landslide in Norway
- Nine houses crashed – several people are still missing
- Harsh weather conditions make the work of the helpers difficult
After a violent landslide in Norway, the rescue workers found a first fatality. The person who died was discovered on Friday afternoon in the disaster area in the Ask municipality north-east of Oslo.
Several people are still missing
The police chief Roy Alkvist announced at a press conference. The police initially did not want to comment on the person’s age and gender. The fate of several missing people was still unclear at the time. The emergency services remained optimistic that they would still be able to find survivors two and a half days after the huge departure.
The landslide had occurred early Wednesday morning in Ask, Gjerdrum municipality. It expanded to a length of about 700 meters and a width of 300 meters. At least ten people were injured. Nine houses collapsed as a result of the departure, others on the edge of the resulting crater were at great risk of collapse. Around 1,000 people have been brought to safety so far.
Ten people were missing before the dead person was announced, including men, women and children. It has not yet been confirmed whether the dead person was one of these ten people.
Weather makes the search difficult
In addition to the Norwegian winter weather, the search for the missing persons was made more difficult by the occurrence of the underground: For a long time, parts of the disaster area were so unstable that it was too dangerous to walk into them. The emergency services were therefore constantly looking for survivors from the air with helicopters and drones. On Friday rescue workers and police dogs could then be sent down to the red zone of the area – even if the situation in the area remained dangerous. After the body was found, the operation should continue at full speed.
Rescue workers do not give up hope
The Norwegians spoke until the end of a rescue operation instead of a rescue operation – one still has the hope of finding survivors, said Alkvist. According to the rescue workers, it is possible to survive such a situation for days, provided you have access to oxygen.
In the summer there had already been a bad landslide in Alta in Norway. A resident filmed the shocking moments, fortunately nobody was injured in the incident at the time.
(mss / dpa)
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