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Tuesday
Apr082014

Washington State Landslide Death Toll Now 33

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(OSO, Wash.) -- Officials in Snohomish County, Wash., have updated the death toll from the March 22 disaster near Oso to 33 after the remains of three more victims were found Monday.

Three of the 33 victims have not yet been identified. The number of those missing since the disaster is now 12.

With virtually no chance of finding anyone alive at this stage, hundreds of people are involved in recovery efforts. The operation includes 350 National Guard soldiers.

The site where 49 homes were buried under millions of pounds of mud and debris was visited last Sunday by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Craig Fugate.

Johnson issued a statement saying that all corresponding federal agencies are supporting state and local recovery efforts. Additionally, President Obama declared the region a major disaster area.

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