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US landslide death toll rises to 21

Published on Mar 31, 2014 12:14 PM
 

ARLINGTON (AFP) - The confirmed death toll from a huge US landslide rose from 18 to 21 on Sunday, while four more bodies were located but not counted in the official tally, authorities said.

Thirty people remain missing after a rain-soaked wall of mud, trees and debris crashed down onto the edge of the town of Oso, in Washington state, on March 22.

A few survivors were found immediately after the mudslide, but none since the day of the catastrophe.

The number confirmed dead has hit 21, Snohomish County officials said, but is set to rise again once four more bodies that have been located are recovered and formally identified by the county's Medical Examiner's Office.

 
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