Norway Landslide Death Toll Climbs as Searchers Push On

Norwegian rescuers have now recovered seven bodies at a village hit by a landslide on Wednesday not far from the nation’s capital, with 3 people still missing.

The latest three discoveries were made on Sunday in the same area as previous finds, Bjorn Christian Willersrud, head of the police operation, told reporters. Rescuers will continue working through the night and are still searching for survivors, he said.

The quick-clay slide happened about 20 kilometers north of Oslo and follows a month of record rainfall in the capital. About 1,000 people were evacuated from the area after the landslide devastated large parts of the village.

Such landslides are known to occur in Norway and neighboring Sweden when the quick clay common to some parts of Scandinavia fills with rainwater and turns to liquid, according to the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute. Several houses were carried out into the sea due to a similar slide in June. No one was injured in that event.

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