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article imageDeath toll rises to 33 in massive Washington mudslide

By Nathan Salant     Apr 7, 2014 in Environment
Arlington - The death toll from last week's massive mudslide that destroyed part of a rural Washington community rose Monday to 33, authorities said.
Three bodies found by rescue workers digging through the debris field left by the slide in Oso were added to the gruesome tally, with 12 people still listed as missing.
The March 22 mudslide sent a rain-soaked hillside on the north fork of the Stillaguamish River plummeting into a portion of Oso, destroying dozens of homes and cars on state Highway 530, according to the Reuters international news service.
The highway connects Oso with the cities of Arlington and Darrington, but has been closed since the disaster.
Also limiting recovery efforts has been a steady rain that has made moving around more-difficult and raised the chance of further mudslides or floods, Reuters said.
No victims have been found alive in the rubble since the day of the slide, when eight injured people were rescued.
Still missing are three children -- a two-year-old girl and boys ages four and 14.
Six of the missing people lived on Steelhead Drive, the first street impacted by the slide, Reuters said.
Funerals for the confirmed victims began over the weekend in Oso, with services for school custodian Summer Raffo, 36, and librarian Linda McPherson, 69, according to Time magazine's website.
Additional services are scheduled later this week, Time.com said.
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