Jens Stoltenberg decided not to travel and meet those affected by the recent severe ‘Dagmar’ storm, reports say.
Minister of Justice Grete Faremo made a visit to the west coast yesterday to see the destruction, but did not travel to one of the worst hit regions, Sogn og Fjordane. She met with the PM afterwards to brief him on the situation.
He commended locals for their continued efforts to contain and repair the damage, saying, “it has made a strong impression on me that so many people were affected by the powerful forces of nature.”
The PM sent his condolences to the family of a 50-year-old man, killed by a falling tree in Luster municipality whilst clearing up after the storm.
Prime Minister Stoltenberg also stressed that things were being done to reduce the risk of power cuts from bad weather in the future.
The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy recently decided to build new power lines in counties Sogn og Fjordane and Møre og Romsdal.
Commenting on the fact he did not go to visit the victims, the PM said to NRK, “the Minister of Justice has been there, and the Minister of Transport and Communications will visit the area, Friday.”
Norwegian Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) officials say approximately 700 customers are still without electricity, many in Stryn and Luster municipalities in Sogn og Fjordane, Ørsta and Volda in the Sunnmøre region and Ringerike in the county of Buskerud.
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