At around 4 a.m. on Wednesday, at least 26 people were unaccounted for and more than 200 were evacuated after a large chunk of clay caused a devastating landslide in the Norwegian village of Ask, about 10 miles north of Oslo. At least 10 people were treated for trauma in the local hospital, and several houses were driven away. The authorities said at least one person was in a critical condition.
“The situation is very serious. There has been a serious landslide in the area and we are evacuating the residents of the area,” the local mayor Anders Østensen said Wednesday morning. “Many of them lost their homes, and of course they had a difficult time. Many of them were very frustrated and scared.”
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg expressed her concern on Twitter. She wrote: “It’s so painful to see how the forces of nature have destroyed Yadrum.” “My thoughts are sent to everyone who has been affected by landslides.”
The area around the village is famous for its soft clay terrain, which suddenly transforms into a liquid with fluctuating temperatures. The authorities are assessing whether it is safe for rescuers to enter the area.
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