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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Further survivors from Washington mudslide 'unlikely'

Published 29/03/2014 | 22:46

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A rescue worker jumps over water in the search for victims of the mudslide in Oso, Washington March 29, 2014. Family and friends of 90 people still missing after a wall of mud flattened the outskirts of a rural Washington state town increasingly feared for the worst on Saturday as the governor called for a statewide moment of silence a week after the disaster. REUTERS/Elaine Thompson/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
A rescue worker jumps over water in the search for victims of the mudslide in Oso, Washington

Authorities say they have all but abandoned hope of finding Washington mudslide survivors.

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Meanwhile, Snohomish County executive director Gary Haakenson kept the official death toll at 17, a day after authorities said the toll would rise significantly.

The authorities said previously that at least 25 bodies were located, but only 17 had been recovered. Mr Haakenson said he believed crews were finding more bodies in the sodden debris, but the process from extraction to identification by the medical examiner's office was very slow.

Ninety people are confirmed missing from the recent mudslide in Oso, 55 miles north east of Seattle.

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