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At least 10 injured in Norway landslide

21 missing, some 700 evacuated after landslide hits southeastern town of Ask

Rabia Iclal Turan  | 30.12.2020 - Update : 30.12.2020
At least 10 injured in Norway landslide


At least ten people were injured and some 700 others evacuated after a landslide hit Norway’s southeastern town of Ask in the municipality of Gjerdrum on Wednesday.

According to local media, police received the first reports around 4:00 a.m. local time (0300GMT), and all emergency services, including ambulances, helicopters, police, military and Red Cross were deployed in the small Norwegian town 20 kilometers (12 miles) northeast of the capital Oslo.

At least 21 people were unaccounted for, Roger Petersen, the rescue operations manager, told broadcaster NRK.

The landslide took down several buildings as the police designated it a “disaster”. 

"We are in the process of evacuating residents from the area," Anders Ostensen, the town's mayor, told Norwegian daily VG earlier.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Twitter that “it hurts to see how the forces of nature have ravaged Gjerdrum”.​​​​​​​

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