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US landslide: Eight confirmed dead, 108 still unaccounted for

Published on Mar 25, 2014 1:39 AM
Officials survey a large mudslide in this handout photo provided by the Washington State Police near Oso, Washington, on March 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS/WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - More than 100 people are still unaccounted for after a devastating landslide in the north-western United States state of Washington, while eight people are so far confirmed dead, officials said on Monday.

The number reported missing or unaccounted for rose dramatically from 18 to 108 after the massive landslide slammed "like a freight train" into a mountainside in Snohomish County.

"We're still in rescue mode here, but the situation is very grim," said Snohomish County fire district chief Travis Hots. "We're holding out hope that we'll find people that are still alive, but we haven't found anyone alive since Saturday."

Emergency management chief John Pennington stressed that 108 is the number of reported missing or unaccounted for, not necessarily actually missing after the disaster on Saturday.

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