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Search continues for survivors after major Norway landslide


HELSINKI (AP) — #Rescue workers in #Norway on #Thursday continued searching for 10 people, including children, who are missing a day after a massive landslide struck a residential area near the capital.

#Time was running out to find survivors in destroyed buildings amid wintry weather conditions. #Authorities said it was too dangerous to send ground rescue patrols to the ravaged area in the village of #Ask in the municipality of #Gjerdrum, some 25 kilometers (16 miles) northeast of #Oslo. #Instead, the search was carried out with the help of helicopters, drones and heat cameras.

“We still have hope of finding people and saving lives,” police spokesman #Dag #Andre #Sylju told the #Norwegian public broadcaster NRK.

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There were no reports of casualties, but some 10 people were injured, one of them seriously, in what #Prime #Minister #Erna #Solberg called “probably one of the biggest landslides we have had.”

#Officials said at least nine buildings with some 30 apartments were destroyed in the early #Wednesday landslide.

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

The landslide cut across a road through #Ask, home to some 5,000 people, leaving a deep, crater-like ravine that cars could not pass. #Photos and video footage showed dramatic scenes of buildings on the edge of the ravine.

The area is known for having a lot of so-called quick clay, a form of clay that can change from solid to liquid form. #Experts said the substance of the clay combined with excessive precipitation and damp weather conditions may have contributed to the landslide.

#Norwegian media reported that authorities in 2005 warned building companies not to construct houses in the area, but houses were eventually built there later in the decade.



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