Norwegian rescuers deployed drones and dogs to negotiate unstable clay soil during exploration for 10 people still missing on Thursday after a landslide in southern Norway swept away over a dozen buildings the previous day.
The landslide injured 10 people, one critically, after the landslide within the residential district within the Gjerdrum region. Which is about 30 km (19 miles) north of the capital, Oslo.
Conditions remained challenging, with the clay ground still too unstable for emergency workers to steer on, and temperatures registering -1 C (30 degrees F) at 0600 GMT.
“This continues to be a operation,” the head of the police operation at the location, Dag Andre Sylju, told broadcaster TV2. “We will continue as long as we expect it’s necessary.”
During the night, police used drones with heat-seeking equipment to search out survivors within the debris. Helicopters have tried lowering military and police with search-and-rescue dogs on some structures believed stable enough to face on.
Someone rescued a Dalmatian dog during the night.
Separately, there are many questions about why they allowed construction within the area.
Broadcaster TV2 said a 2005 geological survey for municipal authorities labeled the world at high risk of landslides. But the building of the new homes was three years after the publishing of the report.
In a rare public statement, Norway’s King Harald said the landslide had left a deep impression.
“My thoughts are with all people who have been affected, injured, or have lost their homes, and people who now live in fear and uncertainty of the complete extent of the catastrophe,”. The 83-year-old monarch said during a statement released by the royal palace.
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