Rome, 31 March 2023 – Avalanches in Norway: a Italian is dead in a group of five compatriots originally from the Vicenza area were involved in one of the four landslides that hit today in the north of the country. Total avalanche victims would be 4.
The group had left from Vicenza
Italians 8 had left from the province of Vicenza but three remained in the hotel. The avalanche in Lyngen passed through Kavringtinden, a 1289m high mountain which is a popular hiking destination. The police were notified at 2.46pm. Some of the people from Vicenza had backpacks with airbags that kept them ‘afloat’, others slammed into trees and suffered bruises of varying severity.
The most seriously injured is in hospital in Tromso. The rescue operation presented great challenges for the rescuers. Ground crews did not enter the field due to weather conditions. A red danger warning has been issued for both today and tomorrow in West Finnmark, North Troms, Lyngen, Tromso and Indre Troms.
Luca Zaia’s post
The president of the Veneto Region Luca Zaia posted the news on Facebook. “Some participants in the excursion had backpacks with airbags, which allowed them to remain on the surface when they were hit, while others were completely overwhelmed by the mass of snow. I am following what happened, in constant contact with the structures of the #Farnesina “.
The avalanche on the Kavringtinden peak
The group was located in Lyngen on the peak Kavringtinden, a mountain almost 1,300 meters high, a destination for hikers. Today, in the region – the media report – avalanches have also been recorded in three other areas of North-Troms, with a total toll of four dead.
“There were 5 people of foreign origin on a trip to the area – said Morten Pettersen, police spokesman -. We can confirm that one person is deceased.”
Overwhelmed house and barn
Another avalanche hit Reinoya Island, “where a house and a barn were swept into the sea,” police said.