Rescuers recover body after Norway landslide, continue search for 9 others


Rescuers found one body on Friday, two days after a landslide in southern Norway swept away at least nine buildings, police said, with nine people still missing.

Another 10 people were injured after Wednesday’s landslide in the residential area in the Gjerdrum municipality, about 30 kilometres northeast of the capital, Oslo.

“One person has been found. Unfortunately this person is confirmed dead,” the head of the police operation at the site, Roy Alkvist, told reporters, declining to give any details about the person.

Emergency workers are continuing their search in what Bjoern Nuland, head of the health team at the site, said was still a rescue operation. A search-and-rescue team from neighbouring Sweden was assisting.

Some 1,000 people have so far been relocated from Gjerdrum, including 46 people from an area two kilometres away from the landslide, after cracks were observed in the ground.

Emergency services work during a rescue operation in Ask on Friday. (Terje Bendiksby/NTB/Reuters)

The landslide and the rescue effort have gripped the Nordic nation of 5.4 million.

King Harald, 83, said at the start of his traditional New Year’s Eve speech on Thursday that the “tragic event leaves a deep impression on us all.”

“I feel with you who go in the New Year with grief and uncertainty,” he said.

“With you who have lost your homes, and who are right now despairing and do not see the way forward.”

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