King Harald V and Queen Sonja along with their son, Crown Prince Haakon, visited the village of Ask, municipality of Gjerdrum, after the terrible quick clay landslide that started in the morning of Wednesday 30 December 2020.
Their Majesties and Crown Prince Haakon arrived at Gjerdrum Culture House, where they were welcomed by Mayor Anders Østensen, Police Chief Ida Melbo Øystese and Task Force Leader Anders Solberg Bru.
The Royal Couple and Crown Prince Haakon met evacuees and relatives, as well as representatives of municipalities and emergency services who have worked continuously since the landslide.
“We have gained a very good insight into the work that has been done in the emergency services. It is very impressive – talented people and good unity. It made a huge impression. This small municipality of 7000 has a warmth of heart that we have experienced so strongly today. This will and the compassionate feeling has permeated everything we have encountered today”.Queen Sonja of Norway
Next, Their Majesties and Crown Prince Haakon visited Gjerdrum Church (Norwegian: Gjerdrum kirke), where they met with Bishop Atle Sommerfeldt. Inside the church, King Harald, Queen Sonja and Crown Prince Haakon lit candles for those affected by the landslide.
After the candle lighting, they split up. The King and Queen traveled to Olavsgaard Hotel in Hvam where they met evacuees and others affected, while the Crown Prince made his way to Clarion Hotel in Gardermoen for talks with evacuees and relatives.
“We have had a moving day behind us. I’m having trouble finding things to say because this is absolutely horrible”.King Harald
A quick clay landslide occurred in the Village of Ask within Gjerdrum Municipality. At least six people have been confirmed dead while four people are still missing.
The slide measured 700m by 300m, and led to 1000 being evacuated from the village, with several homes having been destroyed in the slide.
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