Likely death toll in Washington state mudslide rises to 24 - official

by Reuters
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 01:55 GMT

ARLINGTON, Wash., March 25 (Reuters) - The death toll from a devastating weekend landslide in Washington state could rise to 24 on Tuesday after rescue workers recovered two bodies and believed they had located eight more, the local fire chief said.

The discovery of additional bodies came as crews searched under drizzly skies for survivors of the mudslide amid fading hopes that anyone could still be plucked alive from the massive pile of muck and debris. (Reporting by Bill Rigby; Writing by Cynthia Johnston; Editing by Dan Whitcomb)