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Dozens still unaccounted for in mudslides

China Daily | Updated: 2018-01-13 07:19

LOS ANGELES - Authorities in southern California said on Thursday that dozens of residents were still unaccounted for after powerful mudslides that have killed 17 people, including four children, and destroyed homes in a region already pummeled by massive wildfires.

Heavy rain on Tuesday, which followed 10 months of drought, sent sticky mud and debris flowing from the hills into Montecito and other towns in Santa Barbara County, northwest of Los Angeles.

"There are 43 people we're now looking into and investigating to see if they actually are missing," Santa Barbara County sheriff Bill Brown said, adding: "It's a constantly moving number."

Dozens still unaccounted for in mudslides

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