Norway’s government allocates more money to flood and landslide prevention

Gjerdrum landslidePhoto: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB
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The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) is set to receive an extra NOK 60 million for flood and landslide prevention in the proposed new state budget.

If the proposed budget is adopted, the NVE would have a total of NOK 660 million to spend on this prevention work in 2022.

“Again, we are increasing NVE’s allocations for the important work of preventing flood and landslide damage. The increase will provide more mapping and security, and NVE will have a greater capacity to follow up the municipalities,” Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tina Bru noted in a statement.

The government proposes an allocation of NOK 150 million for crisis and emergency measures in 2022. This includes measures related to the quick clay landslide in Gjerdrum, where ten people died. In addition, NOK 25 million is proposed for landslide protection at Sukkertoppen in Longyearbyen on Svalbard.

Bru emphasized that the need for prevention work is great. The government pointed out that the Gerdrum Committee will continue to work on assessing the prevention of destructive quick clay landslides throughout the country.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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