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Norway landslide: Houses buried in Gjerdrum village near Oslo

Norway landslide: Houses buried


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An avalanche in a Norwegian town has covered homes under dim mud, harming 10 individuals – one genuinely – and leaving 11 missing.

Salvage laborers are proceeding to look for those missing, who incorporate kids, in the town of Gjerdrum, 25km (15 miles) north-east of the capital, Oslo.

View of landslide from helicopter in Norway's Gjerdrum, 30 December 2020
  • Around 900 individuals have so far been cleared from the town.
  • Police said a few people were dreaded to be caught in mud and trash.
  • “We are very sure that there are individuals in the influenced zone, however we don’t have the foggiest idea whether each of the 11 are there or if the number is more modest,” police representative Roger Pettersen told correspondents.

The avalanche started during the early long periods of Wednesday, with occupants calling crisis administrations and disclosing to them that their homes were moving, police said.

On Wednesday evening two additional houses imploded into the pit shaped by the avalanche, while others remained roosted unstably on its lip.

person is lowered from a helicopter

Head administrator Erna Solberg said the circumstance was still shaky to the point that lone salvages by helicopter could be completed.

“There could be individuals caught… and yet we can’t be certain in light of the fact that it is the New Year’s vacation, which means individuals could be somewhere else,” she told correspondents.

  • individual is brought down from a helicopter
  • Inhabitants have been addressing Norwegian media about what occurred.

“There were two monstrous quakes that went on for quite a while and I accepted it was snow being cleared or something to that effect,” Oeystein Gjerdrum, 68, told telecaster NRK.

“At that point the force abruptly went out, and a neighbor went to the entryway and said we expected to empty, so I woke up my three grandkids and advised them to get dressed rapidly.”


Huge amounts of earth were proceeding to move, Toril Hofshagen, the local top of the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), told correspondents.

The nearby region cautioned that up to 1,500 individuals could have to leave the area on account of worries about the state of the ground.

Rescuers after avalanche in Norway’s Gjerdrum, 30 December 2020

“This is the biggest avalanche as of late in Norway, thinking about the quantity of houses included and the quantity of evacuees,” Laila Hoivik said.

  • Speedy earth is a sort of dirt found in Norway and Sweden that can implode and become liquid when it goes under pressure.
  • Anyway Ms Hoivik said further slides were impossible.
  • Telecaster NRK said hefty precipitation may have made the dirt temperamental.

Norway’s King Harald, 83, said that the occurrence had “established a profound connection with me and my family”.

Rescuers after landslide in Norway's Gjerdrum, 30 December 2020

“My musings are with everybody influenced, the harmed, the individuals who lost their homes and are presently living in dread and vulnerability of the full degree of the fiasco,” he said in an assertion delivered by the regal castle.