Eight people have died and at least 18 are still missing nearly two days after a landslide in the US state of Washington.
At least six homes were washed away and many cars were buried under mud and tangled debris up to 5m deep, authorities said.
The search for victims will resume today after dangerous, quicksand conditions forced rescue workers to suspend their efforts yesterday evening.
Some workers had to be dragged to safety after becoming stuck in mud up to their armpits.
The landslide was triggered after rain-soaked embankments along State Route 530 near Oso, Washington, about 90km northeast of Seattle, gave way on Saturday morning.
A spokesman for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said eight bodies had been found by yesterday evening.
A further eight people were hurt in the landslide.
“We didn’t find anybody alive. There was no sign of life” after a search of much of the area on foot, Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots told a news conference yesterday.
He added that the tally of missing was likely to grow.
“I have a sense that we’re going to have some hard news here,” Washington Governor Jay Inslee said after flying over the affected area.
The slide in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains along the Stillaguamish River blocked the flow of the river, creating floods and a backup of water behind a natural dam of mud and debris.