New access to the evacuated houses for the collection of personal belongings and other items will be provided Friday 3 March between 15.00 and 19.00 hrs, and on Saturday 4 March and Sunday 5 March between 11.00 hrs and 17.00 hrs. if the risk of avalanches do not changes.

The Police will not be present during the collection of items. It will also be possible to collect items at a later stage. The time for this will be announced.

The Governor of Svalbard emphasizes that the evacuation is still in force for the following houses: Road 222-7, 222-9, 222-11, 222-13, 222-15, 222-17, Road 226-10, 226-12, 226-31, 226-33, 226-35, 226-37, and the damaged building in Road 228 6-16.

- We are upholding the evacuation under the Police Act because the situation in the area is still not clarified, Governor Kjerstin Askholt informs.