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Desperate dig to find landslide casualties

By AP Reporters

Rescuers using small bulldozers and their bare hands have pushed through sludge strewn with splintered homes to find 10 more bodies in the debris of a mudslide.

Despite the grim discoveries in the state of Washington as the search yesterday entered its fifth day, and the likelihood that more bodies will be found, officials were still hoping to find survivors.

Fire chief Travis Hots said: "We haven't lost hope that there's a possibility that we can find somebody alive in some pocket area."

Authorities say they expect to soon have an updated number of the people believed missing.

Officials are working off a list of 176 people missing.

Two bodies were recovered on Tuersday, while eight were located in the debris field from Saturday's slide 55 miles northeast of Seattle, Mr Hots said.

That brings the likely death toll to 24, though authorities are keeping the official toll at 16 until the eight other bodies are recovered.

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