US News Time running out to find survivors of US mudslides

10:08  11 january  2018
10:08  11 january  2018 Source:   Sky News

After California mudslides, more missing people are found as grueling search continues

  After California mudslides, more missing people are found as grueling search continues The search for survivors and victims stretched into a third day after mudslides battered Santa Barbara County.MONTECITO, Calif. — Authorities confronting the overwhelming mudslides that swamped this area reported glimmers of hope Thursday, saying they had located more of those who were missing as grueling search efforts stretched into a third day.

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By The New York Times . “The avalanche startled me when I was sleeping, and I went out to the street A version of this article appears in print on April 3, 2017, on Page A6 of the New York edition with the headline: Race Is On to Find Survivors of Colombia Mudslide . Tell us what you think.

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Jennifer Markham, whose home escaped both disasters, said: " We totally thought we were out of the woods. "I was frozen yesterday morning thinking: 'This is a million times worse than the fire ever was.'" California mudslides kill 13 people as search for survivors continues.

Rescue teams expanded their search in Snohomish County, Wash., on Tuesday in a desperate attempt to find survivors of the catastrophic mudslide that left an This came out of nowhere.” The Seattle Times reported late on Monday that a U . S . Army Corps of Engineers report had [ USA Today].

Rescuers are racing to find 17 people who are still missing after mudslides slammed into wealthy areas of California, destroying an estimated 100 homes.

More than 500 firefighters are involved in the search - but conditions are perilous, with "multiple reports of rescuers falling through manholes covered with mud".

The mudslide destroyed an estimated 100 homes - sweeping some off their foundations © Reuters The mudslide destroyed an estimated 100 homes - sweeping some off their foundations

Anthony Buzzerio, a Los Angeles County fire chief, said: "The mud is acting like a candy shell on ice cream. It's crusty on top but soft underneath, so we're having to be very careful."

Search dogs, helicopters and thermal imaging equipment are being used to find victims or survivors, with rescuers battling through waist-deep mud in some areas.

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Contact Us . They'll focus first on finding survivors . Burned-over zones are especially susceptible to destructive mudslides because scorched earth doesn't absorb water well and the land is easily eroded when there are no shrubs.

Race to find survivors of fast-moving SoCal mudslides . Vehicle is wrapped around tree after flood and mudslides in Montecito, California, on Water was flowing out of water mains and sheared-off fire hydrants." What does Colorado's experience teach us ? Watch Oprah's work on "60 Minutes".

Although three people were rescued on Wednesday, two more bodies were also recovered - taking the death toll from the disaster to 17 people.

A dog searches for bodies with rescue officials in Montecito © Reuters A dog searches for bodies with rescue officials in Montecito

None of those killed have been publicly identified yet, with Santa Barbara's County Sheriff Bill Brown telling reporters: "We realise this is going to be a long and difficult journey for all of us and our community."

Among those missing are an elderly couple who ignored evacuation warnings to stay in their "forever home" and celebrate an 89th birthday.

The painstaking process of clearing away debris and mud has begun © Getty The painstaking process of clearing away debris and mud has begun

Near their property, a least two homes were carried off their foundations by the force of the mudslides - and as bulldozers began to clear muck and debris from areas already searched by rescue teams, utility crews have started trying to repair downed power lines and snapped telephone poles.

Death toll rises to 17 in Montecito; 100 homes destroyed by mudslides

  Death toll rises to 17 in Montecito; 100 homes destroyed by mudslides The death toll from massive debris flows that buried homes and cars under a torrent of mud and boulders rose to 17 in Montecito, where local personnel and the U.S. Coast Guard continued rescue operations Wednesday afternoon. About 300 people who were stuck in their homes in Montecito's Romero Canyon neighborhood throughout the debris field were rescued Tuesday night. Authorities had said late Tuesday that residents were still stuck and that first responders planned to launch helicopter rescues at daybreak. © @latimesgraphics The mudslides began around 2:30 a.m.

SANTA CATARINA PINULA, Guatemala – Hope faded Sunday for finding any survivors of a mudslide that killed at least 131 people as the smell of rotting bodies spread The family ran a store, which was also destroyed. " We lost everything, our house, our business, our work," Cifuentes said.

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A dozen people are being treated in hospital and four people are in a critical condition.

The torrent of mud, trees and boulders flowed down a mountain scarred by extensive wildfires in recent weeks - and the fast-moving debris took many by surprise.

Family members inspect the inside of a home covered in mud © Reuters Family members inspect the inside of a home covered in mud

Jennifer Markham, whose home escaped both disasters, said: "We totally thought we were out of the woods.

"I was frozen yesterday morning thinking: 'This is a million times worse than the fire ever was.'"

Although mandatory evacuations were put into force in some parts of Santa Barbara, only 10% to 15% of residents actually heeded the warnings to flee their homes.

The wealthy enclave of Montecito was one of the hardest-hit areas, with celebrities including Oprah Winfrey revealing their homes were among those damaged.

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