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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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