Rescuers discover physique after landslide in Norway
© Reuters. An aerial view of the landslide area in Ask
From Gwladys Fouche
OSLO (Reuters) – Rescuers found a body on Friday, two days after a landslide in southern Norway swept away at least nine buildings, police said nine people were still missing.
Another 10 people were injured after the landslide on Wednesday in the residential area of the municipality of Gjerdrum, about 30 km north of the capital Oslo.
“One person has been found. Unfortunately, that person has been confirmed dead,” said Roy Alkvist, the chief of police on site, told reporters and declined to provide details about the person.
Rescue workers continue their search in what, according to Bjoern Nuland, the head of the local health team, was still a rescue operation. A search and rescue team from neighboring Sweden helped.
So far, around 1,000 people have been evacuated from Gjerdrum, including 46 people from an area 2 km from the landslide, after cracks in the ground were observed.
The landslide and rescue effort have gripped the Nordic nation by 5.4 million.
King Harald, 83, said at the beginning of his traditional New Year’s Eve speech on Thursday that “the tragic event left a deep impression on us all”.
“I feel for you who are entering the new year with sadness and uncertainty. For you who have lost your houses and who are in despair and cannot see the way forward,” he said.
(Graphic: site of the landslide in southern Norway, https://graphics.reuters.com/NORWAY-LANDSLIDE/qmyvmqyeavr/chart.png)
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