Iceland

Iceland Heavy Rains/Mudslides Aug 1988 UNDRO Information Report 1

UNDRO 88/1798

ICELAND - HEAVY RAINS/MUDSLIDE
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO.1
31 AUGUST 1988

1. ON 29 AUGUST, HEAVY RAINS CAUSED 7 MUDSLIDES WHICH HIT OLAFSFJORDUR IN NORTHERN ICELAND.

2. ALL ROAD TRANSPORTATION RUPTURED. 70 HOUSES WITH APPROX. 280 PEOPLE EVACUATED.

3. LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND VOLUNTEERS MOBILIZED FOR CLEAN UP OPERATIONS AND PREVENTIVE MEASURES.

4. DITCHES WERE DUG INTO MOUNTAIN SLOPE TO ENABLE MORE RAPID DRAINAGE OF RAINWATER INSTEAD OF ITS ABSORPTION INTO SOIL, WHICH COULD MAKE SLOPE UNSTABLE.

5. EVACUEES HAVE NOT BEEN ALLOWED TO RETURN TO THEIR HOMES YET.

ESSAAFI UNDRO GENEVA 28148 +

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