Minister promises that the state will support landslide-hit Gjerdrum

Gjerdrum landslidePhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB

The Norwegian state will contribute and provide resources to Gjerdrum after the quick clay landslide this Christmas, Minister of Local Government and Modernization Nikolai Astrup (H) promises.

“The quick clay landslide in Gjerdrum was a very tragic event with fatal consequences, and many are affected. 

“The municipality has made a formidable effort, but at the same time, it has a large and demanding task ahead of it. 

“The government believes that the state must provide resources. The municipality should not be left alone,” Astrup said in the Norwegian parliament (Storting) on Wednesday.

The Center Party’s (SP) Sigbjørn Gjelsvik asked Astrup whether he could “guarantee that the state would stand up and cover all costs that the municipality has both in the short and long term as a result of the catastrophe?”, according to newspaper Romerikes Blad.

Crisis management

Gjelsvik pointed out the enormous challenges in crisis management over a long period of time and the follow-up on evacuees and others who have impacted. 

The SP politician also noted that the work of rebuilding Ask would be very extensive and costly.

Astrup added that the government does not have a full overview of all costs but pointed out that there is a close and good dialogue with Gjerdrum Municipality.

Seven people have been found dead in the landslide area in Ask, and three people are still missing.

Source: #Norway Today, #NorwayTodayNews

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