ExpiredNews - Search for Washington landslide survivors amid cries for help - The Weather Network

Country

Please choose your default site

Americas

Asia

Europe

News
Three people have been confirmed dead, with several injured or missing.

Search for Washington landslide survivors amid cries for help

loading video...

Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Sunday, March 23, 2014, 12:16 PM -

Rescuers searched for survivors of Saturday's Washington State mudslide overnight amid cries for help of people still trapped within the debris.

At least three people have been confirmed dead in the slide, which happened Saturday at 11 a.m. and also left six houses destroyed and several people, including an infant, badly injured.

Firefighters are searching the area with the aid of thermal imaging cameras, but authorities say they don't know how many people could have been affected by the slide, which covers a large area of Snohomish County, about an hour's drive away from Seattle.

Two of the dead were killed in the slide, while a third died in hospital.

Washington's governor issued a state of emergency for the area.

The debris field covered State Route 530 near the town of Oso. That section is 41 m wide and 55 m deep.

Some evacuations have been ordered because part of the slide also blocks a section of the Stillaguamish River, and water has been observed rising behind the blockage. 

Authorities are worried about flooding should the water suddenly break free, and a flash flood watch was issued for the area by the National Weather Service.

With files from the Associated Press.

'Blockbuster' storm to strike Atlantic Canada mid-week
Exploding asteroids and falling spaceships: Five crazy lights in the sky
Chinese satellite finds object that might be Flight 370 debris near location of earlier image

Leave a Comment

What do you think? Join the conversation.
Default saved
Close

Search Location

Close