10 people still unaccounted for 24 hours after landslide in Norway

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Copenhagen, Dec. 31, 2020 Ten people were still unaccounted for more than 24 hours after a large landslide hit the small town of Ask in southern Norway, police said on Thursday as they continued their search.

There were no reports of deaths by Thursday morning.

The rescue operation continued overnight with drones and helicopters, police said.

Officers urged locals on New Year’s Eve not to set off fireworks before 11 pm (2200 GMT) so as not to endanger the airborne rescue effort.

“The focus of the operation is on saving lives,” police said late on Wednesday.

The landslide hit Ask, a town of about 5,000 people around 40 kilometres north of Oslo, early in the morning on Wednesday.

Around 1,000 people were evacuated from the scene.

The missing live in the area, though it is not clear if they were at home when the landslide hit.

Ten people were reported injured, including six who have been hospitalised with moderate injuries.

Some were suffering from hypothermia.

Hypothermia is a significant and potentially dangerous drop in body temperature.

The most common cause is prolonged exposure to cold.

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