Stars and Stripes stripes.com 02 Jan, 2021 19:00 am

Third body found after landslide in Norway; seven still missing

Third body found after landslide in Norway; seven still missing
Rescue teams searching for survivors four days after a landslide carried away homes in a Norwegian village found no signs of life Saturday amid the ruined buildings and debris.

Search teams patrolled with dogs as helicopters and drones with heat-detecting cameras flew amid harsh winter conditions over the ravaged hillside in Ask, a village of 5,000 people 25 kilometers (16 miles) northeast of Oslo.Over 1,000 people have been evacuated, and officials said up to 1,500 people may be moved from the area amid fears of further landslides.The landslide in the village of Ask is the worst in modern Norwegian history and has shocked citizens in the Nordic nation.Norwegian police pledged not to scale down the search even though a rescue team from neighboring Sweden has already returned home.

Norwegian police have published the names and birth years of the 10 people initially reported missing, including a 2-year-old child.The rescue operation is being hampered by the limited number of daylight hours in Norway at this time of year and fears of further erosion.

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