Gjerdrum: The search for survivors continues in the unstable landslide area

Gjerdrum landslidePhoto: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB
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No people were found in the search and rescue effort in the “red” zone of the landslide, the police reported. They are still searching for survivors.

Ten people are still missing after the landslide in Ask in Gjerdrum Municipality that occurred on Wednesday.

The operations in the “red” zone of the avalanche have ended for the day. The police sent rescue crews and a rescue dog to search two relatively intact houses.

“It has provided us with some answers that are necessary to map out the area properly,” operations manager Roger Pettersen said at a press briefing on Thursday afternoon.

The police managed to identify the addresses of the two houses.

“There are no people at the two addresses from the list of missing persons.”

Looking for survivors

The operation continues in full force, the police noted.

One and a half days after the landslide, the emergency services still treat the effort as a rescue operation.

“We are looking for survivors,” operations manager Pettersen added.

The landslide in Gjerdrum is among the largest in Norway’s history. It is 700 meters long and 300 meters wide.

Part of a new house collapsed

Just before 3:00 PM on Thursday, part of a new house fell off the edge of the landslide area in Gjerdrum.

Nine houses and 31 housing units collapsed into the landslide beforehand.

The landslide area in Gjerdrum is still unstable, according to regional manager Toril Hofshagen at the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE).

“This is still an active landslide situation that is closely monitored,” she said at a press briefing on Thursday afternoon.

Around 1,000 people have so far been evacuated. The goal is for some of them to be able to move back home for New Year’s Eve.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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