THERE ARE 108 names on the list of people who’ve been reported missing or unaccounted for in the weekend mudslide in Washington state in the US, authorities said today.
Snohomish County emergency management director John Pennington said that’s the consolidated list from various sources that authorities are working from and it doesn’t mean there are that many injuries or fatalities.
108 people missing
“It’s a soft 108,” Pennington said at a news conference.
Among the possible missing are construction workers coming into the neighbourhood and people just driving by.
Pennington added the slide occurred on a Saturday morning, when more people were likely to be home.
A woman holds family photos pulled from the rubble at the site of Saturday’s mudslide. (AP Photo)
An overnight search turned up no additional survivors or fatalities.
“The situation is very grim,” Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots said today.
He stressed that authorities are still in rescue mode and are holding out hope. But he noted:
We have not found anyone alive on this pile since Saturday.
At least eight people were killed in the 1-square-mile slide that hit in a rural area about 55 miles northeast of Seattle. Several people also were critically injured, and about 30 homes were destroyed.
Of the 49 structures in the neighbourhood hit by the slide, authorities believe at least 25 were occupied full-time.