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Daily Archives: 22. February 2017 − News & Stories

92 house­holds in Lon­gye­ar­by­en evacua­ted

92 house­holds in Lon­gye­ar­by­en are cur­r­ent­ly being evacua­ted becau­se fur­ther avalan­ches are fea­red. The avalan­che, which yes­ter­day dama­ged two houses in way 228, was obvious­ly unde­re­sti­ma­ted by the aut­ho­ri­ties in advan­ce. During the night at least one more avalan­che has come down on Gruve 7 way, but luck­i­ly without doing any dama­ge.

On the basis of an unclear situa­ti­on, the avalan­che warning was now rai­sed to the hig­hest level 4. 92 house­holds in Lon­gye­ar­by­en are being evacua­ted, but also a more exten­si­ve evacua­ti­on is con­si­de­red, and may­be the sports hall has to be used as an emer­gen­cy shel­ter. Two houses with six house­holds were yes­ter­day stron­gly dama­ged by avalan­ches. The­re was an avalan­che warning, but it did not affect any buil­dings.

Howe­ver, a lot of peop­le in Lon­gye­ar­by­en don’t trust the avalan­che warning sys­tem any­mo­re. Last year two peop­le were kil­led in an avalan­che acci­dent in their homes, which still awa­kens some bad memo­ries.

Source: Sval­bard­pos­ten, NVE


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