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Experts criticise old-fashioned early warning network. Sunday’s fatal tragedy near Vefsn in Mosjøen municipality could have been avoided. Experts say they are worried about the standard of Norway’s advance avalanche and landslide warning system. For now, the danger of landslides and avalanches is only forecasted by meteorologists. But they haven’t been to inspect local conditions themselves.

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Experts criticise old-fashioned early warning network

Published on Wednesday, 19th May, 2010 at 17:08 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 19th May 2010 at 18:57.

Sunday’s fatal tragedy near Vefsn in Mosjøen municipality could have been avoided.

A Sea King rescue helicopter
A Sea King rescue helicopter
Photo: Mr. Philip Gabrielsen/Wikimedia Commons


Experts say they are worried about the standard of Norway’s advance avalanche and landslide warning system.

For now, the danger of landslides and avalanches is only forecasted by meteorologists. But they haven’t been to inspect local conditions themselves.

In Northern Norway the situation has been so serious, that rescue helicopter crews have to land and warn people about the danger of slides in the mountains themselves.

According to figures from the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), nine people have been killed since Christmas alone.

“The network’s deficiencies are alarming. We just don’t have a good a good system in Norway,” Roy Brubakk, head of Brurskanken turlag tells NRK.

Brubakk knew the four people swept away in Sunday’s landslide near Jamtfjelltinden in Vefsn municipality in Nordland.

Anne Britt Leifseth, section head at the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), says they realise the present system is substandard.

Although they are testing out a new system in some areas, she blames lack of money for why it isn’t fully operational.

“We working to get it established, but are completely dependent being given money in addition to what’s already been allocated in the national budget. The new system will have improved regional alerts, and could be in place by 2013 at the latest if we get the extra funding,” she says.

63 people have been killed in avalanche and landslide-related accidents since 2000.



Published on Wednesday, 19th May, 2010 at 17:08 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 19th May 2010 at 18:57.

This post has the following tags: avalanche, landslide, warning, network, helgeland, mo, rana, nordland, jamtfjelltinden, mosjoen, vefsn, broennoey, skiers, accident, tragedy.





  
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