A rain-soaked hillside collapsed without warning above the north
fork of the Stillaguamish River on March 22, unleashing a torrent of
mud that engulfed some three dozen homes on the outskirts of the
tiny community of Oso.
Of the 36 people confirmed dead, 32 have been positively identified
including a 58-year-old man on Wednesday, Snohomish County officials
said in a statement. The death toll had stood at 35 on Tuesday.
Recovery crews were still searching for another 10 missing people,
including two children, down from 11 on Monday. Efforts have been
hampered by rain, which has created treacherous conditions and
raised the risk of further slides and flash floods.
President Barack Obama will stop in Oso on April 22 and plans to
view the devastation and meet with families of those affected by the
disaster, as well as first responders and recovery workers.
[to top of second column]
No one has been pulled alive from the rubble since the landslide,
when at least eight people were injured but survived. Rescue teams
have since found no signs of life.
(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; editing by Cynthia Johnston and Lisa
[© 2014 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2014 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.