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Weary searchers resumed their dangerous work Wednesday near Oso, Wash., where it’s thought at least 24 people — and possibly many more — died when a massive mudslide buried dozens of homes and businesses on Saturday.
Headlines and news outlets’ updates help told the story as the day began:
— “The number of people believed to be missing in the mudslide remains ‘fluid,’ according to officials. They have been working off a list with nearly 200 reports of people who are unaccounted for, but search operation crews said they are sure many of those names are duplicates.” (Seattle’s KUOW)
— “The debris area covers an entire square mile and recent rain is making the task even more difficult.” (KUOW’s Sara Lerner on the NPR Newscast)
— “County’s own 2010 report called slide area dangerous.” (The Seattle Times)
Update at 11:30 a.m. ET. Searchers Use Bulldozers And Bare Hands:
As The Associated Press says in its latest report, rescuers are using “small bulldozers and their band hands” to work their way through the sludge and debris.
Read original article – Published March 26, 2014 7:40 AM
Washington State Mudslide: Heartbreaking Search Resumes
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