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DISASTER MANAGEMENT
108 reported unaccounted for in US landslide
by Staff Writers
Los Angeles, United States (AFP) March 24, 2014


Fire station volunteers and firemen prepare to enter the area of the massive landslide to look for survivors and recover bodies on March 24, 2014 in Oso, Washington, about 2 miles (3.2 km) west of the site of the landslide. More than 100 people are still unaccounted for after a devastating landslide in the northwestern US state of Washington, while eight people are so far confirmed dead, officials said. Photo courtesy AFP.

A total of 108 people have been reported missing or unaccounted for after a landslide in the northwestern US state of Washington, a local emergency official said Monday.

The confirmed death toll remains at eight after the massive landslide slammed "like a freight train" into a mountainside community, said Snohomish County emergency management chief John Pennington.

He stressed that 108 is the number of reported missing or unaccounted for, not necessarily actually missing after the disaster on Saturday.

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

"To date there are 108 reports of names of individuals who are either unaccounted for or missing," he said. "This doesn't mean that there are 108 injuries, or 108 fatalities, it's 108 reports," he told reporters.

"It was Saturday, and it was probably a higher number than you would see during a weekday," he said.

Previously, the number of people reported missing stood at 18.

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DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Up to 18 unaccounted for in deadly US landslide
Los Angeles (AFP) March 24, 2014
Up to 18 people were unaccounted for more than 24 hours after a massive landslide slammed into a mountainside community killing four in the northwestern United States, officials said Sunday. Eight people were injured, including a six-month-old infant, when mud, water and rock smashed into the rural town of Oso, northeast of Seattle, on Saturday, police and firefighters said. Six homes and mu ... read more


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