Massive Search And Rescue Operation For Sheep Still Underway

13.9.2012
Words by Paul Fontaine
Hundreds of sheep in northeast Iceland are still being sought and rescued due to inclement weather in northeast Iceland, where electrical power is still being restored to farms in the area.

High winds and snow swept across north Iceland on Monday, downing power lines across the region. While power has been restored to most areas, there are still some farms and villages in the northeast that are in need of electricity. In the meantime, rescue workers are still attempting to find and rescue hundreds of sheep lost due to weather conditions, RÚV reports.

About 250 rescuers, using jeeps, snowmobiles, four-wheelers and other rescue equipment, have so far managed to move about 200 sheep south from areas of poor weather. Sheep rendered lost by high winds and buried in the snow are still being searched. Rescuers report that most of the sheep found have still been alive.

Kópaskeri, Raufarhöfn, Þórshöfn and Kelduhverfi are still using auxiliary power in order to maintain electricity. It is not known at this time if any tourists have been stranded due to poor weather in the northeast.

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