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Evacuates over 100 people on Svalbard - school and daycare closed

29 homes in Longyearbyen are on Thursday emptied of people because of the storm and the avalanche danger is notified. In addition, 80 students move out of the r

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Evacuates over 100 people on Svalbard - school and daycare closed

29 homes in Longyearbyen are on Thursday emptied of people because of the storm and the avalanche danger is notified. In addition, 80 students move out of the rooms.

- because of the strong wind can lead to hazardous situations in the city with loose objects flying through the air and damage on buildings, informs the sysselmann Kjerstin Askholt in a press release.

She also says that you have to count with very poor visibility that heightens the risk further.

- Therefore, we encourage people to stay inside.

the Decision, including the time, was determined on the basis of weather forecasts and skredfaglige assessments of the consultancy firm Avalanche AS and NVE on Wednesday afternoon.

Closes schools and kindergartens

The 29 houses situated in the hillside under the Sugarloaf mountain, while hybelhuset is located in the heart of the New town, says communication advisor Terje Carlsen from the Governor of Svalbard to the NTB.

In addition, closing schools, SFO, and kindergartens.

Extreme gust

the Norwegian Meteorological institute sent in day out farevarsel for Svalbard. It can get extremely powerful gust of up to 45 meters per second Thursday. At the same time, it issued snøskredvarsel on level four for Nordenskiøld countries.

- All traffic and stay in or in the vicinity of the skredterreng will be associated with great danger, says vaktleder by Snøskredvarslingen Heidi Bache the Beach in a press release.

TOWN: the Citizens were informed about the evacuation on Wednesday. Photo: Ivar Ekseth / NTB Scanpix Show more

If someone needs out in the oppfordreres the to use reflection and/or safety vests.

the calm before the storm

Already on Tuesday were the inhabitants of the Svalbard informed that an evacuation would be considered.

- If it is decided to evacuate, we will give people information in the course of Wednesday, said the sysselmann Kjerstin Askholt.

Longyearbyen community council encouraged people in the Hillside and the New town to find a "evakueringsvenn" and to prepare for a evakueringssituasjon.

If the New town is being evacuated, will UNIS contact students in the New town and together with Samskipnaden provide for the evacuation, called on Sysselmannens Facebook page.

the Governor says that the evacuation be implemented at 8 Thursday morning.

Right now, it is quiet and calm here, therefore we wait until Thursday morning with the evacuation, " concludes Carlsen to NTB.

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