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Official US landslide toll rises to 21

The confirmed death toll from a monster US landslide rose from 18 to 21 Sunday, while four more bodies were located but not counted in the official tally, authorities said. Fifteen of the victims of the mudslide in Washington state have been formally identified, said Snohomish County Emergency Management Department program manager Jason Biermann. Thirty people remain missing after a rain-soaked wall of mud, trees and debris crashed down onto the edge of the town of Oso on March 22.

Small-town Washington state mayor finds new role after mudslide

By Jonathan Kaminsky DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - Days after a Washington state mudslide left dozens dead and missing, Dan Rankin stood in a high school gymnasium and hugged tight a teenage girl reeling from the loss of her sister. Before the March 22 disaster, Rankin's main tasks as mayor of the small logging town of Darrington included overseeing town council meetings and resolving property line disputes in the community of about 1,350 people.

Missing from US mudslide drops to 30, one week on

The number of people still missing after a monster US landslide dropped dramatically to 30 Saturday, as rescuers held a moment's silence exactly one week after tragedy struck. The number killed is believed to be at least 27 from the wall of mud and debris which crashed down onto the town of Oso in the state of Washington, although the official toll remains at 18. The drop in missing from 90 to 30 offered a tiny cause for relief as an army of rescuers spent another day picking and wading through the square mile (2.5 square kilometer) blanket of mud.

Number of missing in Washington state mudslide drops to 30 from 90

(Reuters) - The tally of those missing in a Washington state mudslide has dropped to 30 from 90, while the official death toll went up by one to 18, officials said Saturday. Another body located in the muddy pile has not yet been identified and is not part of the official death toll, but brings the presumed death toll to 28. (Reporting by Carey Gillam in Kansas City, and Jonathan Kaminsky in Darrington, Washington)

Missing from US mudslide drops to 30, one week on

The number of people still missing after a monster US landslide dropped dramatically to 30 Saturday, as rescuers held a moment's silence exactly one week after tragedy struck. The number killed is believed to be at least 27 from the wall of mud and debris which crashed down onto the town of Oso in the state of Washington, although the official toll remains at 18. The drop in missing from 90 to 30 offered a tiny cause for relief as an army of rescuers spent another day picking and wading through the square mile (2.5 square kilometer) blanket of mud.

Missing from US landslide down from 90 to 30

The number of people listed as missing from a monster US landslide has dropped from 90 to 30, while the confirmed death toll rose by one to 18, an official said Saturday. Another body has been located but not formally identified, said Jason Biermann of the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, a week after a wall of mud and debris crashed down onto the town of Oso in the state of Washington. At least eight other bodies are believed to have been located earlier in the week, making the expected death toll from the tragedy at least 27.

Americas News Agenda for March 30

Duty Editor: Arthur MacMillan Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Sunday: + Somber search for mudslide victims LOS ANGELES: Monitoring recovery efforts more than a week after a massive mudslide in the US state of Washington killed at least 17 people with 90 more still missing. (US-LANDSLIDE-ACCIDENT) -- OTHER AGENDA ITEMS -- WASHINGTON: The American College of Cardiology holds its annual meeting. Expect coverage (HEALTH-US) afp

Tragic stories emerge as US landslide toll inches up

Tragic stories have emerged of individual victims of a massive US landslide, as the confirmed death toll inched up Friday amid fears the eventual number dead will be much higher. Ninety people remain missing after the mudslide crashed down on the Washington state town of Oso last weekend, in what could be one of the biggest landslides ever in the United States. The confirmed death toll edged up from 16 to 17 on Friday, but the actual number so far found is believed to be at least 25, including eight bodies located in the debris by earlier in the week.

One more victim found in Washington state mudslide debris field

(Reuters) - The body of one more person killed in a Washington state mudslide was found on Friday in the debris field where searchers are scouring the muck for about 90 people missing nearly a week after the disaster, a county official said. Snohomish County Executive Director Gary Haakenson said that person was not included in the official death toll of 17, which remained steady. The new remains appeared to bring to 10 the number of victims that authorities have said have been found but not yet identified or added to the official death toll.

After days of searching, volunteer pulls sister's body from Washington mudslide

By Jonathan Kaminsky DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - Days after risking his own life and defying arrest by joining the search for Washington state mudslide victims in a vast, mucky debris field near Oso, Dayn Brunner retrieved the body of the No. 1 person he had been looking for - his sister.
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