Child killed in Norway avalanche

svalbard_001A child and a man are both dead and at least eight others have been hospitalised after an avalanche slammed into 10 homes in Norway. The horror occurred at Norway’s remote Arctic archipelago of Svalbard when snow came hurtling down Mount Sukkertoppen into Longyearbyen following a fierce storm.Cars were overturned and the towns wooden snow homes were destroyed with the rescue operation carried out in complete darkness as Svalbard sees no sun from November to February.
Reports say a woman was rescued from deep snow after she banged on a microwave to alert emergency workers.

Svalbard is home to about 2,600 residents will most living in Longyearbyen, the world’s most northerly town.

The island is located at least 800km north of Norwegian mainland.