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Three bodies found after Norway landslide

Rescue teams searching for survivors after a landslide carried away homes in a Norwegian village have found no signs of life amid the ruined buildings and debris.

Three bodies have been recovered but searchers are looking for seven more people believed to be missing.

Helicopters and drones with heat-detecting cameras helped search teams amid harsh winter conditions on the ravaged hillside in the village of Ask near Oslo.

Norwegian police pledged not to scale down the search even though a rescue team from neighbouring Sweden has already returned home.

Local police chief Ida Melbo Oeystese said that it may still be possible to find survivors in air pockets formed inside the destroyed buildings.

“Medically, you can survive for several days if you have air,” she told reporters.

By Saturday evening, two more bodies had been found in the area, after a first one was found on Friday.

Only a Dalmatian dog has been rescued alive from the ruins so far.

The landslide is the worst in modern Norwegian history and has sent shockwaves through the Nordic nation.

Late on Friday, Norwegian police published the names and birth years of the 10 people initially reported missing.

They include a two-year-old child.

Officials have not yet identified the recovered bodies.

The landslide cut across a road through Ask, home to some 5000 people, leaving a deep, crater-like ravine that cars could not pass.

Photos and video footage showed dramatic scenes of buildings hanging loose on the edge of the ravine.

At least nine buildings with over 30 apartments were destroyed.

The rescue operation was being hampered by the limited number of daylight hours, fears of further land erosion and the fragile ground on the site, which is unlikely to hold the weight of rescue equipment, including a heavy vehicle from the Norwegian military.

More than 1000 people have been evacuated, and officials said up to 1500 people may be moved from the area amid fears of further landslides.

– with AP

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