HOPES are fading for 90 people, including families with children, still missing after a mudslide flattened the outskirts of a rural town in Washington state.
Authorities have warned the death toll from the tragedy in Oso, north-west of Seattle, is expected to rise "substantially". The official number of fatalities stands at 17, based on bodies recovered and identified.
"We always want to hold out hope but I think we have to at some point expect the worst," Snohomish County executive director Gary Haakenson said.
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