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Homes in South West Iceland Unfit for Habitation

Around 24 homes in the south west Iceland are considered to be unfit for habitation since the earthquake rid over on Thursday. The houses are in Stokkseyri, Selfoss, Hveragerdi and some farms in the area.

Hveragerdi is still on alarm state. Landslides have been falling from Ingólfsfjall, and the inhabitants must boil tab water before drinking since it is suspected that Thursday’s quake had caused some changes in Hveragerdi’s drinking water well.

Ragnheidur Hergeirsdóttir, Mayor of Árborg (the district of Hveragerdi, Selfoss, Eyrarbakki and Stokkseyri) says there is a major task ahead, but everyone is ready to give a helping hand. “That is one of the magnificent things about Icelanders. They always stick together when they need to” Hergeirsdóttir told Morgunbladid.

People who have suffered damage from Thursday’s quake are worried about how or if the insurance companies will cover the damage. Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde has already given out announcement that states the Icelandic emergency fund will help people in the area to cover the damage. The emergency fund will also aid the district of Árborg to rebuild roads and repair public facilities that may have been damaged in the big earthquake.

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