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18 unaccounted for in deadly US landslide

Published on Mar 24, 2014 5:58 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - At least 18 people were unaccounted for more than 24 hours after a massive landslide slammed into a mountainside community killing three in the north-western United States (US), officials said on Sunday.

Eight people were injured, including a six-month-old infant, when mud, water and rock smashed into the rural town of Oso, north-east of Seattle, on Saturday, police and firefighters said. Six homes and much of a highway were destroyed.

"There is a full-scale, 100 per cent, aggressive rescue effort," Washington state Governor Jay Inslee told reporters, adding that helicopters, hovercrafts and rescue personnel had rushed to the scene.

"There's no missing piece in this rescue effort," he added, saying he had declared a state of emergency.

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