March 31, 2014 in Nation/World

Official number of mudslide victims rises to 24

Lisa Baumannmanuel Valdes Associated Press
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An American flag hangs from the only cedar post left standing at the scene of a deadly mudslide, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
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DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say the official death toll from the deadly Washington state mudslide has increased to 24.

The Snohomish County medical examiner’s office said Monday that it has received a total of 24 victims, and 17 of them have been positively identified.

Previously, the official death toll was 21, with 15 victims identified.

The slide struck a rural area northeast of Seattle on March 22. Authorities have said more than two dozen people are still missing.

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