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River 142 homes to skredsikre Longyearbyen

– It involves large costs and a lot of work, but finally is the population in Longyearbyen safe, " says lokalstyreleder in Longyearbyen, Arild Olsen to NRK.

In addition to relokalisere housing elsewhere in the city, will be constructed skredvoller and støtteforbygninger in the mountainside.

Longyearbyen has in recent years had several severe rasulykker. Almost three years ago, 19. December 2015, lost two people their lives after a huge avalanche from the sugar loaf mountain, where several homes were totalskadd.

Politicians have, in cooperation with the NVE, worked to put in place a sikringsplan the last few years. In march, showed a new report from NVE that the avalanche from the mountain sugar loaf mountain is threatening a much larger part of the buildings in Longyearbyen than it was previously thought.

In 2017 were 200 people evacuated twice, first in the 21. February after a landslide hit two appartment building, and then in December, when there was great skredfare. No one was injured the two times, but the many small and large events have made that politicians, in cooperation with the NVE, the last few years have been working with to get a sikringsplan in place.

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