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Sunday, May 29, 2022

Even more tragedy in the mountains

Norway’s number of fatalities linked to bad weather conditions rose again over the weekend, when a woman from Bærum, west of Oslo, became the eighth victim of a snow- and rockslide this winter, this time in the mountainous county of Telemark.

The woman had been located and dug out of the slide at Rauland on Saturday and was flown to hospital by helicopter. She died Sunday morning of her injuries.

Another man was killed at Tana in northern Norway’s Finnmark County when he got caught in a slide at Luftjokdalen while driving a snow scooter. It’s believed the slide was triggered by his own scooter.

At Grong in Nord-Trøndelag, a slide hit an alpine skiing center where ski lifts had been shut down an hour earlier because of bad weather. Police didn’t think anyone was caught in that slide.

It’s been a bad winter for fatal accidents tied to wintry conditions. In addition to the eight persons killed in slides, three persons were killed late last week when they got caught in a blinding storm that hammered northern Norway and much of the coast. They lost their way and froze to death on the tundra.

Four tourists were killed last month when they also got lost in a snowstorm in the mountains around Sirdal.

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