US landslide death toll rises to 14

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The death toll from a devastating landslide in the northwestern US state of Washington has risen to 14 after six more bodies were found.


More than 100 people remain potentially missing or unaccounted for after the disaster on Saturday, described as “like a small earthquake”, said Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary.

“Search and rescue crews have located an additional six bodies, bringing the total number of deceased to 14,” he said in an online update in the disaster.

“The number unaccounted for has not changed, as the identity of the victims still needs to be verified,” he added.

The death toll had remained at eight since Sunday, while officials said earlier they had a list of 108 names of people missing or unaccounted for.

The wall of mud, rocks and trees smashed into the rural town of Oso, northeast of Seattle in the northwestern US state, destroying houses and part of a highway.

Some 100 emergency workers were searching for survivors in the field of mud and rubble about 2.4km across and some four to six metres deep in areas.

“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 said 49 dwellings of various types in the area were hit by the devastating landslide, he said, adding that there were likely to have been more people at home on a Saturday than during the week.

Mini hovercraft are being used to skate across the vast mudslide’s surface, while tracker dogs and helicopters are also being used.

Rescuers reported hearing voices calling for help on Saturday, but Hots said they “didn’t see or hear any signs of life” on Sunday.

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