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Several buildings swept away in Norwegian mudslide

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OSLO (AP) — A mudslide hit several houses and vacation homes in central Norway on Friday, sweeping some into the fjord below, police and rescue officials said. There were no reports of injuries.

Marit Dahl, spokeswoman for the Nord-Troendelag police district, told The Associated Press by telephone that seven people were evacuated and that none of them was seriously injured.

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She said there were no others reported missing in the mudslide in Namsos, about 330 miles (530 kilometers) north of Oslo. The evacuation "went very well," Dahl said.

Police spokesman Jostein Grimstad said rescue crews and helicopters were on the scene to double-check the area.

State radio network NRK reported that six houses and up to three cabins were caught in a slide that was about 200-300 yards (meters) wide and hit just before midday. It happened near a road construction site, and NRK said it could be related to blasting or excavation,

Mudslides are frequent in parts of Norway as the ground thaws after the winter.

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