HELSINKI — Rescue workers in Norway on Thursday continued hunting for 10 individuals, including children, that are missing a day following a huge landslide struck a residential area close to the capital.
Authorities said it was too dangerous to send floor rescue patrols into the ravaged region at the village of Request from the municipality of Gjerdrum, some 25 km (16 miles) northeast of Oslo. Instead, the hunt was completed with the support of helicopters, drones, and warmth cameras.
“We still have hope of locating people and saving lives,” police spokesman Dag Andre Sylju informed the people broadcaster NRK.
Officials said at least eight buildings using some 30 flats were destroyed in the first Wednesday landslide.
More than 1,000 individuals have been evacuated, and officials said around 1,500 people might be transferred out of the region amid fears of further landslides.
The landslide cut a street through Ask, home to 5,000 individuals, leaving a profound, crater-like ravine that automobiles couldn’t pass. Pictures and video footage revealed striking scenes of buildings around the edge of the ravine.
The region is well known for having a good deal of so-called rapid clay, a kind of clay that could change from solid to liquid form. Experts said the material of this clay together with excess precipitation and moist weather conditions might have led to the landslide.
Norwegian media reported that police in 2005 cautioned building companies to not build houses in the region, but homes were finally assembled there later in the years.