Mudslide risk analysis call for 11 towns

13.10.2021 - 12:25
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 Mynd: Rúnar Snær Reynisson - RÚV
A group of scientists from the met office, the natural history institute, and the University of Iceland have jointly called for a similar warning and preparation campaign to deal with the increased risk of mudslides as was successfully introduced for the risk of avalanches in the 1990s.

The scientists specifically name 11 communities they believe are at increasing risk from mudslides. They include Ísafjörður, Sauðárkrókur, Akureyri, and Neskaupstaður. The town of Seyðisfjörður famously suffered a devastating series of mudslides last December, and recent heavy rain the in the north and east led to a spate of evacuations.  

The scientists make their request in a memo compiled for a working group at the environment and natural resources ministry, set up as a direct response to last December’s mudslides. The town suffered significant damage in the disaster and luck alone is credited for the fact that nobody was hurt. 

Met office avalanche and landslide specialist Tómas Jóhannesson told Fréttablaðið the landscape in high ground directly surrounding 11 towns requires analysis to assess the risk of movement during heavy rain.
As well as the above, the scientists’ memo also names Suðureyri, Bíldudalur, Patreksfjörður, Bolungarvík, Siglufjörður, Eskifjörður, and Fáskrúðsfjörður. 

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