Churches to honor victims as Washington state mudslide death toll climbs

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Vehicles and debris are seen from a massive mudslide that struck Oso, near Darrington, Washington March 27, 2014.
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(Reuters) – Churches planned services on Sunday to offer prayers for the victims of last week’s devastating mudslide in Washington state as the death toll from the disaster kept rising but the number of missing fell sharply.

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Washington National Guard rescue workers continue their search through the mud and wreckage left behind by Saturday’s mudslide as they look for signs of missing persons in Oso, Washington March 28, 2014.
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The presumed body count rose to 28 on Saturday from the March 22 catastrophe northeast of Seattle, with the official tally of those killed now 18 based on bodies extricated and identified by medical examiners.

But despite the grim toll, news also came that the number of missing fell to 30 from 90 as officials were able to account for dozens of people as “safe and well.”

Rescue and recovery workers pushed through wind and rain on Saturday to comb through debris a week after a rain-soaked hillside above the north fork of the Stillaguamish River gave way without warning and sent a wall of mud cascading over dozens of homes near the rural Washington town of Oso.

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A rescuer and dog stand near a vehicle as search work continues in the mud and debris from a massive mudslide that struck Oso near Darrington, Washington March 27, 2014.    REUTERS/Ted S. Warren/Pool

Churches will lead prayers on Sunday for victims and their families as well as rescue workers who have been searching through a debris field that covers a square mile (2.6 square km).

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1 thought on “Churches to honor victims as Washington state mudslide death toll climbs

  1. life is like a vapor, it appears for a short time then disappears, May God’s peace be with the families and survivors. May anyone who has not done so yet put their faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior.

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