4 people missing in quake-triggered flooding in Greenland
Posted: 2017-Jun-20 20.00.04 UTC+0800
COPENHAGEN — Four people have been reported missing and 11 buildings were swept away after a flooding on Sunday hit Greenland's Nuugaatsiaq town on the island's western coast, local media reported.
Authorities believe that the flooding was caused by an earthquake measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale that occurred on Saturday evening local time.
Police chief of Greenland Bjoern Tegner Bay was quoted by Danish news agency Ritzau as saying that nine people were injured in the flooding, including two severely, but he could not confirm whether there were any fatalities.
The police registered 78 of the town's 101 residents and moved them to Uummannaq, according to Ritzau.
Of the remaining 23 people who were not registered, police say some of them may have been in the surrounding cabins or on holiday.
In Nuuk, the capital and largest city of Greenland, some individuals have started collecting clothes, shoes, toys and books that will be sent to those who were evacuated, according to the Greenland's broadcasting corporation, KNR.
Eleven police officers from Denmark have flown to Greenland to assist their colleagues in the management of the rescue operation, according to Ritzau.
Greenland, an autonomous territory of Denmark, is sparsely inhabited with around 57,000 population. Greenland is largely self-governed, and Denmark maintains control over its foreign affairs and defense policy. (PNA)