Police at Gjerdrum landslide site: “We hope to find people alive. As more time passes, the odds become worse”

Emergency services - rescue workersPhoto: Jil Yngland / NTB
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The police still hope to find people alive after the landslide at Ask in Gjerdrum. However, they say that the odds are getting worse as more time passes.

Ten people have still not been accounted for at 7 o’clock on Thursday, more than 24 hours after the violent landslide started. 

> PHOTO: Rescue crews searched for people in Gjerdrum through the night, no new survivors found

The search and rescue efforts have been carried out throughout the night, and the operation is being stepped up as daylight appears on Thursday.

“Our hope is still to find people alive. Time has been important during the entire rescue operation. The more time that passes, the worse the odds become, but so far – we still have hope,” operations manager Dag Andre Sylju told TV 2.

He says there will be an ongoing assessment throughout the day as to whether the work should continue as a rescue operation or be changed to a search for the dead.

A total of ten people have been transported to the hospital and emergency room after the landslide, but none of them are seriously injured.

Around 1,000 people have been evacuated so far.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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