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One Dead, Nine Missing In Norway Landslide

Norwegian media reported {that a} medical helicopter and ambulances had been on the scene.


Rescuers on Friday discovered a lifeless physique and continued trying to find 9 different folks, together with a toddler and a 13-year-old, nonetheless lacking days after a mudslide destroyed houses in a Norwegian village, the authorities mentioned.

An whole hillside collapsed in Ask, 25 kilometres (15 miles) northeast of the capital Oslo in a single day Tuesday, burying houses or breaking them aside.

“A dead body was discovered in the landslide,” police mentioned with out figuring out the individual.

The police assertion mentioned the invention was made round 2:30 pm Friday as Norwegian crews supported by colleagues from Sweden continued search operations within the snow-covered terrain.

The police revealed the names of the ten folks topic to the days-long search. Eight are adults, one is 2 years outdated and the final is 13 years outdated.

Norwegian media reported {that a} medical helicopter and ambulances had been on the scene.

The authorities have banned all plane from the catastrophe space till three pm on Monday as they conduct aerial searches.

“We still think we can find survivors in the landslide zone,” a rescue employee informed TV2.

“The fact that a discovery was made suggests to us that we are in an area where there may be people,” the official mentioned.

‘We wish to have hope’

Local mayor Anders Østensen informed TV2 he was attempting to maintain his hopes up.


“I choose to listen to the police when they say that the current operation is a rescue operation,” the mayor mentioned. “We want to have hope but we see very well what the site looks like.”

Homes had been buried below mud, others reduce in two and a few homes left teetering over a crater brought on by the mudslide, with a number of falling over the sting.

The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) mentioned the catastrophe was a “quick clay slide” of roughly 300 by 800 metres (yards).

Quick clay is a type of clay present in Norway and Sweden that may collapse and switch to fluid when overstressed.

Police mentioned 10 folks had been injured together with one severely who was transferred to Oslo for therapy.

One-fifth of the 5,000 robust inhabitants of the municipality of Gjerdum that features Ask have been evacuated from the realm as the bottom was deemed unstable.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg visited the village on Wednesday and described the landslide as “one of the largest” the nation had seen.

“It’s a dramatic experience to be here,” Solberg informed reporters.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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