Washington Search for Mudslide Victims Continue

A third day of searching is underway near a small town in Washington for missing persons after a devastating mudslide.

A 177ft wall of mud near Oso, WA, has left search crews looking for 12 unaccounted for people. The mudslide in Snohomish county on Saturday has said to have destroyed at least 30 homes in the surrounding area. Eight people have been confirmed dead by officials and several critically injured including an infant.

A witness to the event and provider of footage, Paulo Falcao said to Reuters: “I was coming down the hill, I just saw the darkness, like somebody wants to grab you, and everything was gone, like three seconds.”

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On Sunday, searchers looked on ground and by helicopter for any victims of the catastrophe. It is said that the destruction has spread within a square mile but it may affect other towns as it clogs the north fork of the Stillaguamish River which may cause later flooding.

Authorities have said the mudslide was initially caused due to heavy rain in the area.
 

 

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