Two dead and eight missing after landslide destroys homes in Norway

Two people have been killed and eight more are believed to be missing after a landslide swept away homes in a village in Norway.

Rescue teams have spent the last four days searching for survivors aided by helicopters and drones fitted with heat-detecting cameras amid harsh winter conditions on the ravaged hillside in Ask, some 16 miles northeast of Oslo.

Police have promised not to scale down the efforts, despite counterparts in neighbouring Sweden having already returned home.

Local police chief Ida Melbo Oeystese said there was still a possibility survivors could be found in air pockets formed inside the destroyed buildings.

Speaking at a news conference, she told reporters: ‘Medically, you can survive for several days if you have air.’

A second body was recovered on Saturday afternoon, a day after the first was found. Only a Dalmatian dog has been rescued alive so far.

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

Police published the names and dates of birth of the 10 people initially reported missing, including a two-year-old girl.

Officials have not yet identified the two recovered bodies.

The landslide cut across a road through Ask, home to some 5,000 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, some 2,300 feet long and 1,000 feet wide.

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 loaned from the military.

More than 1,000 people have been evacuated, and officials said up to 1,500 people may be moved from the area amid fears of further landslides.

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