Gjerdrum landslide update: Rescuers have reached the “red” zone and are searching house ruins for survivors

Rescue helicopterPhoto: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB
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A search and rescue operation is underway in the “red” zone of the landslide site in Gjerdrum, the police confirmed.

The search operation is supported by two helicopters. 

> PHOTO: Devastating images from the Gjerdrum landslide site show the full extent of the tragedy

“A dog team from the Oslo police district, a rescue worker, and a USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) crew from the Oslo fire and rescue service have been brought down to the site,” police operations manager Roger Pettersen said.

Pettersen said that the teams are searching the remains of houses.

They have been working for a while, and the search is still ongoing. The dog is inside a house, and the crews are outside – supporting the dog handler.

No new survivors found

At 2:15 PM, NTB’s reporter on the spot reported that a person was being lifted from the landslide by a SeaKing helicopter.

The police have not reported the discovery of survivors inside the house the rescue crews are working in.

Some of the houses in the landslide in Gjerdrum have moved up to 400 meters.

A total of nine houses and 31 residential units have collapsed in the landslide. Police say there are still buildings that could collapse.

Ten people are still missing.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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