Royals pay respects after Norway landslide

King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway light candles in Gjerdrum church for the Ask victims.
King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway light candles in Gjerdrum church for the Ask victims.

Norwegian rescue workers are still continuing their search for survivors of a devastating landslide near Oslo, even after the death toll rose to five.

Crews were still at work in Ask on Sunday as Norway's royal family travelled to the town to pay their respects.

There are still hopes that the small group of people listed as missing, including two girls, may still be alive following the landslide, which occurred on Wednesday.

At least 10 people suffered injuries and nine houses collapsed in the incident when the landslide tore through the the town. About 1000 people have been evacuated to safety.

No information has been released about most of the victims of the accident. Only details about the first body found, that of a 31-year-old man, have been released.

Three of the victims were found on Saturday, following the discovery of the first body on Friday. Initially, 10 people were said to be missing.

Rescue work was hampered by the conditions at the site of the landslide and by the wintry weather.

King Harald V, Queen Sonja and Crown Prince Haakon arrived in Gjerdrum on Sunday to meet with local representatives, rescue workers and those affected by the landslide.

They lit candles in the church in memory of the victims.

Australian Associated Press