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US landslide death toll rises to 24; soil soft like "quicksand", firefighter says

Published on Mar 26, 2014 10:50 AM
Fire station volunteers and firemen prepare to enter the area of the massive landslide to look for survivors and recover bodies on March 24, 2014 in Oso, Washington, about 3.2km west of the site of the landslide.  

ARLINGTON (AFP) - Rescuers digging through the debris of a monster US landslide found another 10 bodies on Tuesday, officials said, bringing the death toll to 24 with potentially more than 170 still unaccounted for.

A day of rain hampered efforts to find survivors in the vast pile of mud and timber which crashed into the tiny town of Oso on Saturday.

"Unfortunately, we didn't find any signs of life," Snohomish County fire district chief Travis Hots told reporters, three days after the catastrophe in the northwestern US state of Washington.

He said two more bodies had been recovered, adding to the 14 corpses already brought out, while eight more were located in the debris The number of reports of people unaccounted for remains at 176, although that could include double-counting and people who may turn up elsewhere, and so likely does not represent how many more fatalities may be found.

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