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Rescuers have recovered three bodies from the remnants of a landslide in the Norwegian village of Ask, and are still searching for seven missing people, officials said Saturday.
The landslide, said to be the worst in the country’s history, happened Wednesday, destroying multiple buildings and forcing more than 1,000 people to evacuate.
Search teams on Saturday patrolled the residential area where the landslide hit with dogs, helicopters and drones that can detect body heat beneath the snow.
“Medically, you can survive for several days if you have air,” police chief Ida Melbo Oeystese told reporters at a news conference.
Officials had not identified the three bodies as of Saturday afternoon. The first was discovered Friday and two were recovered on Saturday.
Limited daylight hours and unstable ground at the rescue site have challenged rescue efforts.
The exact cause of the landslide has not been announced, but authorities expect excessive rain in recent weeks may have contributed.
“Not since 1893 has there been a quick clay landslide of this dimension in Norway,” Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate Toril Hofshagen told media on Saturday.