Rescue teams are looking for survivors of a landslide that occurred on Wednesday, December 30 in Ask, a Norwegian village about 20 kilometers northeast of Oslo. Five bodies have been recovered so far, but rescuers are still looking for five other people reported missing. Norwegian police have published the names and years of birth of the 10 people initially reported missing, including a 2-year-old child, but have not yet identified the three bodies found.
The landslide – considered the worst in recent Norwegian history – cut a road through Ask, leaving a huge, deep ravine (700 meters long and 300 meters wide) similar to a crater. At least nine buildings, with more than 30 apartments, were destroyed. Over 1,000 people have been evacuated and officials said up to 1,500 people could be displaced from the area for fear of further landslides. The exact cause of the landslide is not yet known.
“We are still in a rescue operation, which means that we can still find survivors,” Roger Pettersen, Police Operations Manager reported.
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