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Increased avalanche danger in the coming days

The Governor warns that there is increasing avalanche danger in Nordenskiöldland on Spitsbergen in the coming days.

The weather reports indicate poor visibility in the area, so the Governor asks people to be careful.

- We encourage people who plan to go on a trip to be extra careful and follow closely on www.varsom.no to get the latest notifications from the NVE. Especially in narrow valleys there is a risk that avalanches can be triggered, says Governor Kjerstin Askholt.

Evacuation and ban on entry/residence ban lifted

The Governor of Svalbard has today met with Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) and Skred AS. The evacuation and ban on entry/residence ban can be lifted Friday afternoon at 15:00 (3 PM).

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The evacuation will be maintained

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute informs that the strongest winds have passed over Longyearbyen. It will still be strong winds during the evening and night. The risk of avalanches is high and the evacuation and the ban on entry will be maintained. A new evaluation concerning the evacuation will be made on Saturday. Find more information on the website of Longyearbyen lokalstyre.

Strengthens the emergency preparedness

The Governor has strengthened the emergency preparedness and I monitoring the weather situation. The evacuation of people from the avalanche prone areas have been executed according to plan.

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Evacuation and ban on entry in Lia and Nybyen

The Governor has decided to evacuate the houses in Road 228 and the barracks on the upper side of the road in Nybyen. Ban on entry and traffic are also introduced in these areas (see map on the right side).The ban applies from 08.00 Thursday morning.

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Evacuation is lifted

The Governor lifts the evacuation and the ban on entering the area relating to the houses in Vei 228. There will still be a permanent ban on entering the area relating to the houses in Vei 222 and 226. The Governor urges people to take their precautions when entering the terrain and to follow the information on www.varsom.no.

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