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State of Emergency Declared in North Iceland

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State of Emergency Declared in North Iceland

The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police’s Civic Protection Department has declared a state of emergency in Þingeyjarsýsla district in North Iceland. One hundred sheep perished in the storm and 13,000 are yet to be rounded up. Parts of the region are still without electricity after Sunday night's storm, Fréttablaðið reports.

storm_northiceland_landsbjorg_4Landsbjörg (ICE-SAR) rescue workers assist in the search for lost sheep trapped in the snow.Up to 250 search and rescue workers will assist farmers with the search for the remaining sheep today. Many animals are believed to have become trapped, some under two to three meters of snow.

storm_northiceland_landsbjorg_2High winds and ice brought power lines down in the north.

Chairman of the National Association of Sheep Farmers Þórarinn Pétursson says the situation is serious. "This is nothing short of a natural disaster for sheep farmers," he stated.

storm_northiceland_landsbjorg_3Landsbjörg (ICE-SAR) assist in rescuing sheep trapped in the snow. Photos by Hlynur Snæbjörnsson.As reported yesterday, rescue teams have been working around the clock to clean up after the damage and assist the Icelandic State Electricity company to restore power to affected areas. Backup generators are being used in the meantime.

Click here to read more about the situation.

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