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Mudslide toll to rise substantially

Washington state authorities have warned the number of mudslide deaths will go up substantially within the next two days.

Sixteen bodies have been recovered but officials said at least nine more had been found as of yesterday evening.

Snohomish County District 21 fire chief Travis Hots said that officials are not going to count additional recovered victims until the medical examiner's office has caught up with the recovery effort.

He said the number of fatalities is expected to increase substantially within the next 24-48 hours, as the medical examiner catches up.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office so far has identified one victim, 45-year-old Christina Jefferds.

There are 90 people confirmed missing from the Saturday morning mudslide 55 miles (90 kilometres) north east of Seattle.

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