Eight dead in massive WA State landslide

A huge landslide roared down a rain-saturated mountain slope in Snohomish County, Washington State, north of Seattle.

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The death toll stands at eight after the discovery of four more bodies following a mudslide that tore through homes in a community north of Seattle late Saturday morning.

The slide happened near Oso in Washington State over the weekend.

Officials aren’t yet sure how many people are missing; reports suggest up to 30 people could be unaccounted for after the slide destroyed dozens of homes.

Some of the homes in the community are reported to have been nearly a century old.

John Pennington with the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management says a streamlined process to report those missing will be introduced today.

“We’ll talk about some of the information we’ve received and how those lists have been consolidated,” says Pennington.

Four bodies were found late yesterday, doubling the death toll. One had been discovered earlier in the day, three were found on Saturday.  Photos from NYT’s coverage.

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