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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

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."

Dramatic moment boy, 4, was rescued from mudslide

A video showing the dramatic moment a four-year-old boy was rescued from the devastating mudslide in Washington state, which has killed at least 16 people, has been posted online.

The clip shows a helicopter hovering inches above the ground while a volunteer steps off the aircraft to rescue the stranded youngster.

The first rescue team to respond to the mudslide on Saturday 22 March were onboard the Snohomish County helicopter.

The team rescued eight people in the aftermath of the mudslide, including the four-year-old boy.


Obama offers thoughts and prayers to mudslide victims

President Obama has asked Americans to send their thoughts and prayers to Washington state, as search operations continue following a mudslide.

Obama reiterates the 'tough situation' in Seattle. Credit: Utrecht Robin/ABACA/Press Association Images

Mr Obama has also declared a state emergency, ordering aid for the community and national agencies to co-ordinate relief efforts.

"We hope for the best, but we recognise this is a tough situation," he added.

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