Death toll from WA town mudslide rises to 39

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Arlington, WA, United States (4E) – The latest death count from the March 22 mudslide in an outskirts of Oso, Washington reached 39, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed Wednesday.

Thirty-six of the 39 dead victims have been positively identified and seven people remain unaccounted for, the office said.

“We are working closely with the families and extend our most heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends during this difficult time,” said the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office, according to Mynorthwest.com.

The mudslide buried a small rural community in the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, about four miles east of Oso town. The mudslide, which covered an area about one square mile, was believed caused by rain saturation.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama will visit the mudslide site on Tuesday, the one-month anniversary of the disaster. Obama will meet with search crews at the site.

The Oso slide is considered the deadliest single landslide event in United States history.

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