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Death toll rises as Norwegian team finds fifth body after landslide

The search area was increased on Sunday morning and on Saturday the rescue teams were expanded.

02 January 2021, Norway, Ask: A general view of the crataer formed after Wednesday's major landslide that caused an avalanche that destroyed several homes. More than a thousand people have been evacuated from the disaster scene while nine people are still missing. Photo: Haakon Mosvold Larsen/NTB/dpa
A general view of the crater formed after Wednesday's major landslide that caused an avalanche that destroyed several homes. Photo: Haakon Mosvold Larsen/dpa.

The death toll rose to five in Norway on Sunday following a landslide in the southern community of Ask this week, according to police.

Emergency services recovered a fifth body before 6:00 am (local time) on Sunday. The fourth body had been found on Saturday in an area in which two others had been found throughout the day, as police announced in a press conference.

The search area was increased on Sunday morning and the rescue teams were expanded the day before.

The landslide tore into Ask early on Wednesday. At least 10 people reported injuries and nine houses collapsed in the town, located about 40 kilometres north-east of Oslo. About 1,000 people had to be taken to safety.

People missing

The police earlier said there are many people still missing and that there is still hope that they will be found alive.

The first body was discovered on Friday. Police have released no information about either of the deceased.

On Friday, before any of the bodies were found, the official count of the missing stood at 10, including two children.

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