Landslide in Norway: the hunt for missing people in Gjerdrum continues as rescuers search


Four days after a landslide in a Norwegian village, rescue teams looking for survivors found four bodies amid the collapsed buildings and debris.

Searchers are checking for six more people who are thought to be missing.

Helicopters and drones with thermal imaging cameras deployed in the harsh winter conditions on the ravaged hillside in the village of Ask, about 16 miles northeast of Oslo, were supported by search teams on the ground.

Norwegian police vowed that the search would not be restricted, although a rescue team from neighboring Sweden had already returned home.

Ida Melbo Oeystese, the local police chief, said that it could still be possible to find survivors in the air pockets that formed in the collapsed buildings.

“Medically, you can survive for several days if you have air,” she told reporters at a news conference.

Two more bodies had been identified in the area by Saturday evening, after the first one was discovered on Friday.

Only one Dalmatian dog has been rescued from the ruins alive so far.

The landslide is the worst in the history of modern Norwegian history and has sent shockwaves through the Nordic nation’s people.

Late Friday, the names and birth years of the 10 individuals originally reported missing were released by Norwegian police.

They have a boy who is two years old.

The recovered bodies have not been identified by officials yet.

Via Ask, home to approximately 5,000 people, the landslide cut a road and left a deep, crater-like gorge that cars could not navigate.

Dramatic images of buildings hanging loosely on the edge of the gorge, which was about 2,300 feet long and 1,000 feet wide, were seen in photographs and video footage.

At least nine buildings were demolished, containing more than 30 houses.

Restricted daylight, fears of more land erosion, and friable terrain at the site that possibly could not withstand the weight of rescue vehicles, including a heavy Norwegian military vehicle, hindered rescue efforts.

More than 1,000 people have been evacuated, and officials said that, amid fears of further landslides, up to 1,500 people may be moved from the area.


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