Rescue teams are trying to save pets stuck at the Gjerdrum landslide area

Gjerdrum landslidePhoto: Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB

According to newspaper VG, the Fire service is working on retrieving pets in the areas in Gjerdrum that have been blocked off as a result of the landslide.

“It is considered that they have the capacity and that it is safe enough to enter some of the evacuated houses… 

“There is talk that there may be a number of pets in the houses,” operations manager Gisle Sveen in the Eastern Police District told the newspaper on Sunday night.

On Sunday morning, the police confirmed to news bureau NTB that the retrieval of pets is ongoing, but it is unknown how long it would take.

Sveen told VG that it is a process that takes time and that the work does not affect the capacity at the landslide site.

At 1:43 AM on December 31, a dog that was in the landslide area was rescued by helicopter. The Dalmatian named Zajka has now been reunited with her owners.

The search area is being expanded 

The rescue crews are still looking for possible survivors in the landslide area. The search area is now being expanded.

“We conducted searches throughout the night based on points of interest that we get from the dogs… We have had a dog inside the landslide area all night,” operations manager Kenneth Wangen at the Fire service said at a press briefing in Gjerdrum on Sunday morning.

The Fire service searched for the people who have not been accounted for after the landslide throughout the night. 

“This is still a rescue operation. It is important to emphasize that,” Wangen said.

“We are primarily looking in buildings where there is hope of finding survivors,” he added.

Fifth dead person

At 5:56 AM on Sunday, a new person was found dead in the landslide area

Thus, a total of five out of the ten people who were not accounted for after the landslide on Wednesday were found dead.

The wind conditions on Sunday have made searching with dogs easier.

Wangen said that the cold temperatures make conditions drier, which means that the area has become somewhat safer.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


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