At least 26 people are unaccounted for and more than 200 people have been evacuated, as heavy landslides occurred in the Norwegian village of Ask, in the municipality of Gezardam, about 10 miles north of Oslo. is. At least 10 people are being treated at the local hospital for injuries and several houses have been washed away. Officials said at least one person was in critical condition.
“The situation is very dramatic. A major landslide has occurred and we are in the process of evacuating the residents of the area, ”the local mayor, Anders Ostenson, said on Wednesday morning. “Many of them have lost their homes, and they certainly have a hard time. There are many people who are very upset and scared. “
Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg expressed her concern by tweeting. “It hurts to see how the forces of nature have devastated Geyserdrum,” she wrote. “My thoughts go out to everyone affected by the landslide.”
The area around the village is known for its soft clay terrain that turns into liquid with sudden temperature fluctuations. Authorities are assessing whether it is safe for the rescue team to reach the area.
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