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Huge iceberg near Greenland village sparks flooding fears

AFP  |  Stockholm 

A massive iceberg drifting near the coast of has triggered fears of flooding if it breaks up, leading the authorities to evacuate a high-risk zone.

The authorities have urged residents of the Innarsuit island settlement with houses on a promontory to move away from the shore over fears that the iceberg, which was spotted yesterday, could swamp the area.

"We fear the iceberg could calve and send a towards the village," Lina Davidsen, a at the police, told Danish agency today.

The settlement in northwestern has 169 inhabitants, but only those living closest to the iceberg have been evacuated, reported.

"The iceberg is still near the village and the police are now discussing what do to next," Kunuk Frediksen, a in the Danish autonomous territory, told AFP.

The incident comes weeks after scientists at shot and released a video of a massive iceberg breaking free from a glacier in in June.

Last year, four people died and 11 were injured after an earthquake sparked a tsunami off another island settlement called Nuugaatsiaq, sending several houses crashing into the sea.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 19:40 IST