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Government to Pay for North Iceland Search and Rescue

By Iceland Review

The government has agreed to pay search and rescue teams ISK 8 million (USD 64,000, EUR 50,000) for their work after the blizzard which hit Northeast Iceland earlier this month.

storm_northiceland_landsbjorg_14ICE-SAR assist with the search and rescue operations in North Iceland. Photo courtesy of ICE-SAR.

The teams are planning to continue their search for sheep in the area, ruv.is reports. According to the Civil Protection Department, around 5,500 sheep are still missing.

ICE-SAR have conducted extensive search and rescue operations both of commuters who got stuck during and immediately after the blizzard, and of sheep stuck in the snowdrifts in the area.

A state of emergency was declared in North Iceland on September 1. Damage to power lines as a result of the storm is estimated to cost up to ISK 300 million (USD 2.4 million, EUR 1.9 million).

Click here to read more about the blizzard.

ZR

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