Norwegian Rescuers Find More Bodies From Landslide Site Near Oslo
(Bloomberg) -- Norwegian rescuers have now recovered four bodies at a village not far from the nation’s capital hit by a landslide on Wednesday, with 6 people still missing.
The latest three discoveries were made in the same area at a building about 100 meters into the site, Knut Hammer, head of the police operation, told reporters late on Saturday. Rescuers are still searching at full capacity for survivors under difficult conditions.
The quick-clay slide happened about 20 kilometers north of Oslo and follows a month of record rainfall. 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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