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Norway finds fifth body in mudslide, five others still missing | News from Norway

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Tragedy occurred on Wednesday when homes were destroyed and moved hundreds of meters under a torrent of mud.

Rescuers found a fifth body four days after a landslide that buried homes near the Norwegian capital, police say, as the search continues for five people still missing.

The tragedy occurred in the early hours of Wednesday when houses were destroyed and moved hundreds of meters under a torrent of mud in the village of Ask, 25 km northeast of Oslo.

“Just before 6 am, a deceased person was found,” a police statement said on Sunday.

The recovery of a fourth body was carried out on Saturday after three of them were found the day before on the dark snow-covered scene of Ask, in the municipality of Gjerdrum.

Police identified the body of the first person found on Friday as Eirik Grønolen, 31, on Saturday.

The identities of the other four dead have not been disclosed.

But police released a list of the names of the eight adults, a two-year-old and a 13-year-old who went missing on Wednesday.

At least 10 people were also injured in the landslide, including one seriously transferred to Oslo for treatment.

Evacuation

Around 1,000 people were evacuated out of a local population of 5,000, over fears for the safety of their homes as land continues to move.

Search and rescue teams use sniffer dogs, helicopters and drones to try to find survivors.

Search teams were also digging canals in the ground to evacuate the wounded.

Experts say the disaster was a “rapid clay slide” of about 300 meters by 800 meters.

Quick clay is found in Norway and Sweden and is known to crumble after becoming fluid under excessive stress.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg described it as one of the biggest landslides the country has ever seen.



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