Landslide in Norway Leaves 21 Unaccounted, at least 10 Injured

At least ten people were hurt, one of them critically, and 21 people remained unaccounted for after a landslide swept away more than a dozen buildings in the municipality of Gjerdrum in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

At least ten people were hurt, one of them critically, and 21 people remained unaccounted for after a landslide swept away more than a dozen buildings in the village of Ask at the municipality of Gjerdrum in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The critically injured person was flown to Ullevål for emergency treatment, four were transported to Ahus by ambulance, and five others were treated on the spot. 

Over 500 residents have been evacuated so far out of fear that another landslide might occur. 

“There were two massive tremors that lasted for a long while, and I assumed it was snow being cleared or something like that. Then the power suddenly went out, and a neighbour came to the door and said we needed to evacuate, so I woke up my three grandchildren and told them to get dressed quickly,” said Oeystein Gjerdrum.

Norwegian Police spokesman Roger Pettersen clarified that there were no official reports of missing persons, but officials could not rule out the possibility because there are 21 residents whose whereabouts are still unknown. 

The said 21 residents might have self-evacuated or not present during the landslide but police have not verified yet. 

“The 21 people may have evacuated themselves but may also still be in the landslide area,” said Pettersen.


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