The rescue work continues following the large landslide that destroyed several buildings in Ask, Gjerdrum, Norway January 5, 2021. NTB/Terje Pedersen via REUTERS
January 5, 2021
OSLO (Reuters) – Norwegian rescue workers gave up hope on Tuesday of finding more survivors from a Dec. 30 landslide that swept away a dozen buildings but vowed to continue the search for three people who are still missing.
Seven men, women and children have so far been found dead after a landslide struck a residential area in the municipality of Gjerdrum, some 30 km (19 miles) north of the capital, Oslo.
“While we no longer have hope of finding survivors, we’re not ending the search,” police chief Ida Melbo Oeystese told a news conference.
Police and other rescue workers used dogs, drones and helicopters, including heat-seeking equipment, to search for survivors in the debris.
The landslide and the rescue effort have gripped the Nordic nation of 5.4 million, but with temperatures well below freezing, the hope of finding anyone alive had rapidly faded.
(Reporting by Terje Solsvik; Editing by Bernadette Baum)