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Death toll looks set to rise in Washington state mudslide

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 01:07

March 26 - The death toll in a catastrophic mudslide in Washington state looks set to rise, as officials realize their search and rescue mission is increasingly becoming a recovery effort for bodies. Mana Rabiee reports.

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TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~*CBS - DIGITAL USE ONLY, NO BROADCAST USE WORLDWIDE, NO ACCESS AUSTRALIA BROADCASTER WEBSITES. NO ACCESS JAPAN. NO ACCESS ABC AMERICA, FOX, UNIVISION, TELEMUNDO, BBC AMERICA, NBC, OR THEIR DIGITAL/MOBILE PLATFORMS. NO ACCESS WASHINGTON STATE MEDIA MARKET WEBSITES**~ Search and cadaver dogs are now on the frontlines in the search for those killed in last weekend's catastrophic mudslide in Washington state. SOUNDBITE: SNOHOMISH COUNTY FIRE CHIEF TRAVIS HOTS SAYING: "They're pin-pointing the area to look and that's how we're finding people". The death toll looks set to rise Wednesday, as searchers scour the mud and debris, sometimes just with a shovel and their hands. SOUNDBITE: SNOHOMISH COUNTY FIRE CHIEF TRAVIS HOTS SAYING: "We've located another eight fatalities, however, we have not recovered those at this time." As many as 176 people are still missing. But officials say many of them may have been counted twice on consolidated lists of names. JOHN PENNINGTON, DIRECTOR OF THE SNOHOMISH COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SAYING: "We did engage three Snohomish County officers who are experts in missing persons to consolidate and filter those lists." Some 200 rescue personnel resumed the search on Wednesday at first light. They'll be using cameras that can probe voids in the thick mud, in some places it's as hard as cement. SOUNDBITE: SNOHOMISH COUNTY FIRE CHIEF TRAVIS HOTS SAYING: "We're going at this hard to get everybody that's out there, that's missing." Rescuers are hopeful survivors can be found, but they say they're realizing this is increasingly becoming a recovery effort, instead of a rescue.

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Death toll looks set to rise in Washington state mudslide

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 01:07