Hundreds allowed to move back home

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Another 600 people who had to flee a huge mud slide just before New Year could finally start moving back to their homes at Ask in Gjerdrum on Wednesday. Around 200 remain under evacuation orders while others lost everything they owned.

Newspaper Romerikes Blad reported this week that state authorities determined it was safe for many more to move home after the slide that claimed 10 lives. Seven bodies have been recovered while search efforts continue to find the remaining three victims.

Government minister Tina Bru said she could understand that many are still anxious about the stability of the ground under their homes, also in other areas of the country where homes have been built on kvikkleire, clay-like ground that’s normally solid but can give way under stress. Bru said the government will fund both a thorough study of the slide in Gjerdrum and work towards preventing slides elsewhere in the country. staff