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'17 killed' in mudslide, 'one more victim' found

The body of one more person killed in a Washington state mudslide was found 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.

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Washington officials warn mudslide death toll will rise

Washington state authorities have warned the number of people killed in the recent mudslide will go up substantially within the next two days.

Rescue workers use heavy machinery to search the area Credit: AP

Sixteen bodies have been recovered, but officials say at least nine more had been found and they expect that number to rise in the next 24 to 48 hours.

The devastation of the mudslide in Snohomish County District. Credit: AP

Snohomish County District 21 fire chief Travis Hots said that officials are not going to count additional recovered victims until the medical examiner's office has caught up with the recovery effort.

A rescuer walks through the scene of the deadly mudslide in Washington. Credit: AP

There are 90 people confirmed missing, with another 35 who authorities are unsure were in the area when a hillside collapsed Saturday morning 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

NASA images show aftermath of Washington mudslide

The NASA Earth Observatory recently released images of the Snohomish County mudslides from its Operational Land Imager on Landsat 8.

The photos show the before and after scenes.

(Handout) Before the landslide near Oso, Washington. Credit: Jesse Allen/NASA Earth Observatory
(Handout) After the landslide near Oso, Washington. Credit: Jesse Allen/NASA Earth Observatory

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Panicked 911 calls released after Washington mudslides

Details have emerged of the panicked 911 calls made by residents in Snohomish County during the first few moments of the landslide.

One could be heard shouting: "I have a big emergency! Its a house, there has been a big landslide!"

Another says: "Hundreds of trees have fallen outside my house."

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