Last Updated: Thursday, May 23, 2013

Norway Flooding 2013, expected worst since 1995!

Hundreds of people have been evacuated following mudslides and flooding in Norway.

Worst hit is Gudbrandsdal Valley north of Lillehammer. Around 250 people have been evacuated at Kvam. Several others also evacuated in Hedmark, Oppland, Buskerud, Eidsvoll, Telemark, Otta, Eidsvoll, Aurdal and Nesbyen.

Train services through Gudbrandsdalen and Østerdalen that connect Oslo and Trondheim have been closed, The Norwegian Railways (NSB) said.

Norway flooding this year is expected to be worst since 1995, Views and News from Norway reported quoting officials.

Major flood in south eastern Norway in 1995 cost about 1.8 billion NOK (200 mill USD).

Related post: Norwegian natural disasters list

Following Norwegian water resources and energy directorate, Norway has 24 hour flood forecasting service since 1989. Though the loss of lives due to floods in Norway is rare, but flood damage costs about 200 mill NOK every year.

Norwegian water resources and energy directorate has released Flood - Emergency numbers and other important phone numbers:

NVE's flood warning and emergency telephone is open 24/7:
Phone: +47 22 95 93 60 | +47 909 92 231
Fire 110
Police 112
Ambulance 113

Original post: Natural Disasters List May 23, 2013