Landslide forces more evacuations

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Residents of around 25 houses in Nittedal just north of Oslo don’t know when they’ll be able to return to their homes after a landslide earlier this week left a huge hole near the communitiy of Hagan. Damage to infrastructure also left large portions of Nittedal as far north as Hakadal without electricity or water.

Local officials announced on Thursday morning that it can still take “many days” before the evacuation order will be lifted. “There is still a risk of more slides,” the municipality stated on its website.

Geologists continue to inspect the ground and a drilling rig was in place to conduct tests. Efforts were concentrated on securing clean drinking water, electricity and other important services as well as taking care of those evacuated.

Water tanks were set up at Hakadal station, in Åneby, at Nittedal’s city hall, Ulverud school and at a shopping center in Slattum. Some areas had water but were warned to boil it before consumption except in areas around Gjelleråsen where the warnings were lifted on Thursday.

The cause of the slides and the sinkhole were unknown.

newsinenglish.no staff