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US mudslide death toll expected to soar as survivors sought

Rescue workers stand near a blocked portion of Highway 530 as search work continues in the mud and debris from a massive mudslide that struck Oso near Darrington, Washington March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Ted S. Warren/Pool

Rescue workers stand near a blocked portion of Highway 530 as search work continues in the mud and debris from a massive mudslide that struck Oso near Darrington, Washington March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Ted S. Warren/Pool

Rescue workers stand near a blocked portion of Highway 530 as search work continues in the mud and debris from a massive mudslide that struck Oso near Darrington, Washington March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Ted S. Warren/Pool
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Firefighters work on one of their rescue boats at the fire station in Darrington, Washington March 27, 2014. The death toll from a massive Washington state mudslide is expected to climb sharply over the next two days with 90 people still missing, authorities said on Thursday, even as they held out the faint hope of finding at least one more survivor. REUTERS/Jason Redmond

Firefighters work on one of their rescue boats at the fire station in Darrington, Washington March 27, 2014. The death toll from a massive Washington state mudslide is expected to climb sharply over the next two days with 90 people still missing,...more

Firefighters work on one of their rescue boats at the fire station in Darrington, Washington March 27, 2014. The death toll from a massive Washington state mudslide is expected to climb sharply over the next two days with 90 people still missing, authorities said on Thursday, even as they held out the faint hope of finding at least one more survivor. REUTERS/Jason Redmond
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Interfaith Chaplain Reverend Owen Couch reacts as he answers questions from the media in Darrington, Washington March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Redmond

Interfaith Chaplain Reverend Owen Couch reacts as he answers questions from the media in Darrington, Washington March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Redmond

Interfaith Chaplain Reverend Owen Couch reacts as he answers questions from the media in Darrington, Washington March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Redmond
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A worker searches in mud and debris from a massive mudslide that struck Oso near Darrington, Washington March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Ted S. Warren/Pool

A worker searches in mud and debris from a massive mudslide that struck Oso near Darrington, Washington March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Ted S. Warren/Pool

A worker searches in mud and debris from a massive mudslide that struck Oso near Darrington, Washington March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Ted S. Warren/Pool
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National Guard Captain Brad Sanders (L), commander of 141st Fatality Search and Recovery Team, answers a question at a news conference discussing the Guard's activities at the nearby mudslide in Arlington, Washington March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

National Guard Captain Brad Sanders (L), commander of 141st Fatality Search and Recovery Team, answers a question at a news conference discussing the Guard's activities at the nearby mudslide in Arlington, Washington March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Rick...more

National Guard Captain Brad Sanders (L), commander of 141st Fatality Search and Recovery Team, answers a question at a news conference discussing the Guard's activities at the nearby mudslide in Arlington, Washington March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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Rescue workers look for victims in the mudslide near Oso, Washington March 26, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Rescue workers look for victims in the mudslide near Oso, Washington March 26, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Rescue workers look for victims in the mudslide near Oso, Washington March 26, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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A rescue worker balances in the mud as he looks for victims in the mudslide near Oso, Washington as efforts continued to find victims March 26, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

A rescue worker balances in the mud as he looks for victims in the mudslide near Oso, Washington as efforts continued to find victims March 26, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

A rescue worker balances in the mud as he looks for victims in the mudslide near Oso, Washington as efforts continued to find victims March 26, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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A rescue worker walks through the giant mudslide near Oso, Washington as efforts continued to find victims, March 26, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

A rescue worker walks through the giant mudslide near Oso, Washington as efforts continued to find victims, March 26, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

A rescue worker walks through the giant mudslide near Oso, Washington as efforts continued to find victims, March 26, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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Rescue workers look for victims in the mudslide near Oso, Washington March 26, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Rescue workers look for victims in the mudslide near Oso, Washington March 26, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Rescue workers look for victims in the mudslide near Oso, Washington March 26, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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