Three bodies recovered and seven still missing after Norway landslide

Rescue teams searching for survivors four days after a landslide carried away homes in a Norwegian village found no signs of life amid the ruined buildings and debris.

Three bodies have been recovered but searchers are looking for seven more people believed to be missing.

Ground search teams were aided by helicopters and drones with heat-detecting cameras amid harsh winter conditions on the ravaged hillside in the village of Ask, some 16 miles northeast of Oslo.

Norwegian police pledged not to scale down the search even though a rescue team from neighbouring Sweden has already returned home.

Local police chief Ida Melbo Oeystese said that it may still be possible to find survivors in air pockets formed inside the destroyed buildings.

"Medically, you can survive for several days if you have air," she told reporters at a news conference.

By Saturday evening, two more bodies had been found in the area, after a first one was found on Friday.

Only a Dalmatian dog has been rescued alive from the ruins so far.

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Candles are placed on the snow in Gjerdrum on January 1, 2021, in tribute to the victims of a landslide in Ask. - Rescuers on January 1, 2021 found a dead body and continued searching for nine other people, including a toddler and a 13-year-old, still missing days after a mudslide destroyed homes in a Norwegian village, the authorities said. An entire hillside collapsed in Ask, 25 kilometres (15 miles) northeast of the capital Oslo overnight on December 29, burying homes or breaking them apart. (Photo by Jil Yngland / NTB / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo by JIL YNGLAND/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)
Several homes lay destroyed, razed by a landslide in the Gjerdrum municipality near Ask, Norway, Thursday Dec. 31, 2020. A major landslide hit the area on Wednesday, sweeping away several houses. (Fredrik Hagen / NTB via AP)
Candles are placed on the snow in Gjerdrum on January 1, 2021, in tribute to the victims of a landslide in Ask. - Rescuers on January 1, 2021 found a dead body and continued searching for nine other people, including a toddler and a 13-year-old, still missing days after a mudslide destroyed homes in a Norwegian village, the authorities said. An entire hillside collapsed in Ask, 25 kilometres (15 miles) northeast of the capital Oslo overnight on December 29, burying homes or breaking them apart. (Photo by Jil Yngland / NTB / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo by JIL YNGLAND/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)
In this photo provided by The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate, an areal view of the landslide area as rescue crews are working to find possible survivors at Ask in Gjerdrum municipality, Norway, Friday Jan. 1, 2021, where several homes were taken by the avalanche and more than 1,000 people have been evacuated. Rescue workers in Norway continue searching for 10 people, including children, who are still missing after a massive landslide struck a residential area near the capital. (Jaran Wasrud / The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate/NTB via AP)
Candles are placed on the snow in Gjerdrum on January 1, 2021, in tribute to the victims of a landslide in Ask. - Rescuers on January 1, 2021 found a dead body and continued searching for nine other people, including a toddler and a 13-year-old, still missing days after a mudslide destroyed homes in a Norwegian village, the authorities said. An entire hillside collapsed in Ask, 25 kilometres (15 miles) northeast of the capital Oslo overnight on December 29, burying homes or breaking them apart. (Photo by Jil Yngland / NTB / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo by JIL YNGLAND/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A helicopter of the police is seen next to a destroyed house in a crater left behind by a landslide in the town of Ask, Gjerdrum county, some 40 km northeast of the capital Oslo, on December 31, 2020. - A major landslide destroyed homes overnight to December 30, 2020 in the village of Ask in Norway close to the capital Oslo, leaving 10 people missing. (Photo by Fredrik Hagen / NTB / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo by FREDRIK HAGEN/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)
A mobile bridge from the Norwegian Armed Forces is prepared for use in rescue work, as rescue crews search for possible survivors after a landslide at Ask in Gjerdrum municipality, Norway, Friday Jan. 1, 2021, where several homes were taken by the avalanche and more than 1,000 people have been evacuated. Rescue workers in Norway continue searching for 10 people, including children, who are still missing after a massive landslide struck a residential area near the capital. (Terje Bendiksby / NTB via AP)
The scene after a landslide occurred in a residential area in Ask, near Oslo, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. Several houses have been destroyed, up to 200 people have been evacuated and nine injured in Norway in a landslide at a residential area near the capital Oslo. Norwegian police were alarmed around 4 am Wednesday that a landslide had occured in the village of Ask in the municipality of Gjerdrum, some thirty kilometers (12 miles) north of Oslo. (Fredrik Hagen/NTB via AP)
Rescue personnel arrive at the site where a landslide occurred in a residential area in Ask, near Oslo, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. Several houses have been destroyed, up to 200 people have been evacuated and nine injured in Norway in a landslide at a residential area near the capital Oslo. Norwegian police were alarmed around 4 am Wednesday that a landslide had occured in the village of Ask in the municipality of Gjerdrum, some thirty kilometers (12 miles) north of Oslo. (Terje Bendiksby/NTB via AP)
Some houses remain standing while others are seen damaged after a landslide occurred in a residential area in Ask, near Oslo, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. Several houses have been destroyed, up to 200 people have been evacuated and nine injured in Norway in a landslide at a residential area near the capital Oslo. Norwegian police were alarmed around 4 am Wednesday that a landslide had occured in the village of Ask in the municipality of Gjerdrum, some thirty kilometers (12 miles) north of Oslo. (Fredrik Hagen/NTB via AP)
TOPSHOT - A car has stopped were the road has been swept away by a landslide in the town of Ask, Gjerdrum county, some 40 km northeast of the Norwegian capital Oslo, on December 30, 2020. - Several houses were taken by a landslide in the early hours of December 30, several injured were taken to hospital for treatment and yet more people are listed as missing as the rescue mission continues. (Photo by Fredrik Hagen / NTB / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo by FREDRIK HAGEN/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)
A rescue helicopter flies above debris from destroyed houses seen in a ravine created by a landslide in the town of Ask, Gjerdrum county, some 40 km northeast of the Norwegian capital Oslo, on December 30, 2020. - Several houses were taken by a landslide in the early hours of December 30, several injured were taken to hospital for treatment and yet more people are listed as missing as the rescue mission continues. (Photo by Fredrik Hagen / NTB / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo by FREDRIK HAGEN/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)
A car stops in front of a major landslide which destroyed homes overnight in Gjerdrum, near Oslo, leaving at least 11 people unaccounted for and 10 injured, on December 30, 2020. - Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who travelled to the village of around 1,000 people on December 30, described the landslide as "one of the largest" the country had seen. (Photo by Jil Yngland / NTB / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo by JIL YNGLAND/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)
A person is lowered from a rescue helicopter near the site where a big landslide hit a residential area in the village Ask, some 40 km north of Oslo. Authorities say a landslide smashed into a residential area near the Norwegian capital, injuring at least 10 people and leaving 21 unaccounted for. Some 700 people have been evacuated amid fears of further landslides. (Jil Yngland/NTB via AP)
TOPSHOT - Rescue workers with a dog search the area on January 2, 2021 following the landslide that hit a residential area in Ask in Gjerdrum during Christmas. - Several homes have been taken by the avalanche, several people have been missing and one person has been confirmed dead. More than 1,000 people in the area have been evacuated. (Photo by Tor Erik Schroeder / NTB / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo by TOR ERIK SCHROEDER/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)
Rescue workers with a drone search the area on January 2, 2021 following the landslide that hit a residential area in Ask in Gjerdrum during Christmas. - Several homes have been taken by the avalanche, several people have been missing and one person has been confirmed dead. More than 1,000 people in the area have been evacuated. (Photo by Tor Erik Schroeder / NTB / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo by TOR ERIK SCHROEDER/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)
Destroyed houses are seen in a crater left behind by a landslide in the town of Ask, Gjerdrum county, some 40 km northeast of the capital Oslo on January 2, 2021 following the landslide that hit a residential area in Ask in Gjerdrum during Christmas. - Several homes have been taken by the avalanche, several people have been missing and one person has been confirmed dead. More than 1,000 people in the area have been evacuated. (Photo by Haakon Mosvold Larsen / NTB / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo by HAAKON MOSVOLD LARSEN/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)
An air ambulance helicopter is seen near the landslide area in Ask, Gjerdrum county, on January 1, 2021, a few days after a landslide. - More than 20 people were unaccounted for, ten injured and some 500 evacuated on December 30 after a nightime landslide in a small Norwegian town north of Oslo, police and local media said. Several houses were swept away in Gjerdrum, home to 5,000 people 25 kilometres northeast of the capital, in the early hours of December 30. (Photo by Fredrik Hagen / NTB / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo by FREDRIK HAGEN/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)
Rescue workers are seen in the crater left behind by a landslide in the town of Ask, Gjerdrum county, some 40 km northeast of the capital Oslo, Norway, on January 1, 2021. - A major landslide destroyed homes overnight to December 30, 2020 in the village of Ask in Norway close to the capital Oslo, leaving 10 people missing (Photo by Terje Bendiksby / NTB / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo by TERJE BENDIKSBY/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)
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The landslide is the worst in modern Norwegian history and has sent shockwaves through citizens in the Nordic nation.

Late on Friday, Norwegian police published the names and birth years of the 10 people initially reported missing.

They include a two-year-old child.

Officials have not yet identified the two recovered bodies.

The landslide cut across a road through Ask, home to some 5,000 people, leaving a deep, crater-like ravine that cars could not pass.

Photos and video footage showed dramatic scenes of buildings hanging loose on the edge of the ravine, some 2,300 feet long and 1,000 feet wide.

At least nine buildings with over 30 apartments were destroyed.

The rescue operation was being hampered by the limited number of daylight hours, fears of further land erosion and the fragile ground on the site, which is unlikely to hold the weight of rescue equipment, including a heavy vehicle from the Norwegian military.

Over 1,000 people have been evacuated, and officials said up to 1,500 people may be moved from the area amid fears of further landslides.

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