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Evacuation in Longyearbyen ended after four months

In mid-February, an avalanche from the mountain Sukkertoppen hit houses in Longyearbyen and destroyed two buildings. 92 households were evacuated. The last inhabitants in way 226 could now return to their houses on the weekend.

Whether and for how long they can stay in their homes is still completely unclear. Extensive security measures are planned to protect the houses from avalanches. However, several houses in the avalanche area may have to be demolished. Probably the residents in way 226 can only use their houses during the summer.

Place where the avalanche accident occured

Lawinenunglück 21.02.2017

Source: Svalbardposten

last modification: 2017-06-20 · copyright: Rolf Stange