Obama will tour site of mudslide

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iol pic wld APTOPIX Washington Mudslide~5 Associated Press Workers and volunteers search for articles and belongings at the scene of the deadly mudslide in Oso, Washington. Picture: Sofia Jaramillo, The Herald

Everett, Washington -

President Barack Obama plans to survey damage from the Washington state mudslide later this month and will meet with victims, first responders and recovery workers, the White House said on Tuesday.

The White House said it plans to release further details about the president's trip to Oso, Washington, in the coming days.

Obama spoke with Rep Suzan DelBene on Tuesday about the recovery effort.

“He called to say that he's going to come out to visit the site on April 22,” she said.

They discussed ongoing assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as the area copes with the slide that has killed at least 35 people, destroyed about three dozen homes, partially dammed a river and covered a state highway.

One more person was added to the list of people killed by the mudslide by the Snohomish County medical examiner's office, which is still trying to identify four of the dead.

Eleven people remain on the sheriff's list of missing from the March 22 slide that buried homes along the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River about 90km north-east of Seattle.

Searchers with dogs continue to probe the debris field as the Corps of Engineers builds a berm to reduce flooding.

Teams of rescue or cadaver dogs from all over the country have been helping search the huge pile of tumbled mud, broken trees and house debris. - Sapa-AP



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