In Sweden, at least three people were killed and more than 70 were injured in a mudslide which damaged 40 homes near Gothenburg on Wednesday (30 November).
GV PAN Devastated houses in Gothenburg, Sweden
GV Troops searching through debris PAN TO damaged houses
GV PAN Collapsed houses
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Background: In Sweden, at least three people were killed and more than 70 were injured in a mudslide which damaged 40 homes near Gothenburg on Wednesday (30 November).
SYNOPSIS: Houses, cars and whole streets in a one-kilometre square area of Tuve, just north of Gothenburg, began collapsing on Wednesday afternoon when a landslide pulled them down into a 30-metre crater. One inhabitant said he felt the ground trembling and heard it crack as his house was moved about 15 metres by the landslide.
Forty houses were destroyed, and 20 more in the danger area around the crater had to be evacuated, for fear of further slides.
At least 100 people lived in the immediate area, and rescue crews believed some of them could still have been trapped the next day. Soldiers, firemen, police and volunteers had worked through the night in below-freezing weather using dogs and special heat-registering cameras to try to locate further victims. Geologists said the mudslide probably occurred because of very heavy rains in the past month which had soaked through the sedimentary clays in that part of the Goeta River valley.
A passing train had triggered a similar slide in the area in 1950, destroying 30 houses. A series of smaller slides followed Wednesday's big one, and one of the workers helping to clear debris said mud had made the area difficult to work in. No heavy equipment could be used meaning it would be several days before the wreckage could be thoroughly checked for possible victims.