Some 90 people still missing after Washington state mudslide
Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 01:09
March 27 - The number of people missing after a landslide sent a wall of mud crashing into dozens of rural Washington state homes dropped to 90. Sarah Toms reports.
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A square mile of tangled wreckage, fallen trees and toxic chemicals remain in the wake of Saturday's landslide.
A massive wall of mud buried the town of Oso, north of Seattle. No one has been pulled alive from the rubble since the weekend.
The official death toll remains at 24, including eight bodies that rescue workers located but were unable to retrieve.
And the number of people unaccounted for dropped from 176 the previous day, as dozens of people were found to be alive and well.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SNOHOMISH COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR, JOHN PENNINGTON, SAYING:
"So the number is 90. It did drop significantly. I do believe that it might drop a little bit more than that. At least we are starting to get a clearer picture of the number of individuals who are at there that we need to focus on at this point."
Search crews have worked day and night, in treacherous quick sand conditions.
Even the rescue dogs are fatigued.
The rescue operation has been further complicated by heavy rain.
As a fifth day of searching came to a close, officials have said they have little expectation they will find anyone alive.
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