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Search and Rescue Teams Busy in Ash Fall Areas

The work of search and rescue team members was successful in the ash-stricken areas in south Iceland yesterday. Approximately 100 people from search and rescue in Hvolsvöllur, the capital region and Árnessýsla county have participated.


ICE-SAR trucks in Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Photo by © Robertas Mickevicius.

Their projects mostly include herding sheep and horses and assisting farmers by other means. They have also been involved in water transport, have sealed windows shut, filled cracks in houses and cleaned, an ICE-SAR press release describes.

The herding was fairly successful, many sheep and horses could be taken into stables. The condition of the livestock was better than expected.

“Shifts vary in length but are usually eight to 12 hours if there is enough manpower. People have learned from last year’s experience and the organization and knowledge since then comes in handy,” Ólöf S. Baldursdóttir, information officer of ICE-SAR, told Morgunbladid.

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