New access to the evacuated houses for the collection of personal belongings and other items will be provided today - Tuesday 28 February between 16.00 and 19.00 hrs and on Wednesday 1 March and Thursday 2 March between 15.00 hrs and 19.00 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.