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Avalanche in Longyearbyen: one person confirmed dead

Today’s avalanche in Longyearbyen has taken one person’s life. Rescue forces found the body of a resident who was between 40 and 50 years old. Several persons are injured and at least 10 houses damaged. No further persons are missing.

A number of houses in the part of Longyearbyen concerned have been evacuated to prevent further risks. The houses are those ones which are nearest to the mountain Sukkertoppen. The addresses concerned are Vei 230 nr 29 – 39, Vei 228 – nr 6 -16 and 15-21, Vei 226 nr 10, 12 and 31 – 37 and Vei 222 Nr 5-17 as well as Vei 224 Nr. 6 and 7 and the old hospital (which has been an appartment house for many years now) and all houses in Nybyen, where guest houses and student halls of residency are located. The road from the centre to Nybyen is closed.

Near 100 rescue personell and volunteers are on location. Locals have offered their flats and private guest rooms to those who have lost their houses.

Some of the houses that have been damaged by the avalanche today (archive image).


last modification: 2015-12-19 · copyright: Rolf Stange