Ten other folks were wounded and 21 are lacking after a landslide in southern Norway, police mentioned.
One of the vital sufferers used to be severely injured and greater than a dozen structures had been swept away early on Wednesday within the municipality of Gjerdrum, about 19 miles north of Oslo.
The lacking other folks had been from properties in Ask village, the centre of the landslide.
Police spokesman Roger Pettersen mentioned officers may just now not rule out the potential of other folks in collapsed structures.
He mentioned 21 individuals who had been registered to are living within the house had been unaccounted for.
They are going to have evacuated themselves however might also nonetheless be within the landslide house, Mr Pettersen instructed information company NTB.
Pictures taken via a rescue helicopter confirmed a big crater above destroyed structures.
Norwegian Top Minister Erna Solberg instructed broadcaster TV2 it will have to were a New 12 months’s weekend with “peace and quiet”.
“And perhaps we will have to have apprehensive maximum about COVID-19… now not whether or not we’ve lacking individuals from a landslide,” she mentioned.
Within sight properties and structures were evacuated of round 700 other folks.
Police mentioned the world stays volatile for now and will most effective be accessed via helicopter.
Some 40 ambulances had been despatched to the scene and there used to be a chance of extra landslides as plenty of earth had been nonetheless shifting, Toril Hofshagen from the Norwegian Water Sources and Power Directorate mentioned.
She added the slip used to be one of the most greatest slides in contemporary Norwegian historical past.
The clay soil within the house can have shifted because of the new top ranges of precipitation, broadcaster NRK reported.
Kjetil Aamann – who lives 164feet from the brink of the landslide – instructed TV2 he used to be woken via the sound of a helicopter overhead in a while after 4am, prior to police referred to as to inform him to evacuate.
The world round Ask is understood to be landslide-prone because of having numerous so-called fast clay, which will trade from forged to liquid shape.
With other folks nonetheless lacking, Ms Solberg tweeted that it used to be essential emergency products and services “get their task accomplished”.
“It hurts to peer how the forces of nature have ravaged Gjerdrum. My ideas cross to all the ones suffering from the landslide,” she wrote.