Evacuees can’t return home yet

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More than 60 residents of a residential apartment building in the southern Norwegian city of Halden still can’t return home after being evacuated earlier this week. Authorities can’t guarantee that the ground under their building is firm enough.

The residents of the building on Refneveien in Halden were evacuated after a landslide around their property. Specialists from Norway’s geological institute (Norges Geotekniske Institutt) conducted tests of the ground under their homes on Wednesday.

“These tests must now be analyzed and we can’t let folks move back into their apartments until the analysis is complete,” Martin Vik of Halden township told news bureau NTB.

Residents were allowed to return to their units to collect necessary items but likely can’t move back until at least the weekend. Uniformed police were standing guard in the meantime, to secure the area and watch for any further slides.

newsinenglish.no staff