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Avalan­che in Lon­gye­ar­by­en: more houses evacua­ted

More houses in Lon­gye­ar­by­en have been evacua­ted last night as a pre­cau­tio­na­ry mea­su­re. Yes­ter­day, the houses clo­sest to Suk­ker­top­pen, the moun­tain from which the avalan­che came, had been evacua­ted. Later, all inha­bi­tants of houses bet­ween the moun­tain and Hil­mar Reks­tens Vei (the road behind (=east of) Sval­bard­bu­tik­ken) had to lea­ve the area. Altog­e­ther, about 180 peop­le had to lea­ve their homes until fur­ther noti­ce. The area is clo­sed, the peop­le do not have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to go to their homes to get some per­so­nal items. The super­mar­ket (Sval­bard­bu­tik­ken) and other rele­vant pla­ces have ope­ned to give tho­se con­cer­ned the oppor­tu­ni­ty to get important items. Locals who have alrea­dy left for Christ­mas holi­days have offe­red their flats, others have invi­ted peop­le into their homes with them. Rea­di­ness to help others in need is gene­ral­ly gre­at.

The snow avalan­che that had des­troy­ed 10 of the so-cal­led Spiss­hu­se­ne on the eas­tern edge of Lon­gye­ar­by­en took one human life, a local Nor­we­gi­an man in his 40s. Several per­sons are inju­red. Some of the­se, inclu­ding 2 child­ren, were flown to Trom­sø yes­ter­day.

No fur­ther per­sons are decla­red mis­sing, but the avalan­che area con­ti­nues to be sear­ched today to be on the safe side.

An over­view of the parts of Lon­gye­ar­by­en which are con­cer­ned: the blue cir­cle indi­ca­tes the source area of the avalan­che, the red cir­cle the area that has main­ly suf­fe­red dama­ge. The are­as in the oran­ge cir­cles have been evacua­ted.

Longyearbyen-Avalanche

Source: Sys­sel­man­nen

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