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Rescuers search for victims as California mudslide toll hits 17

MONTECITO: Rescuers used dogs and helicopters to search for victims on Wednesday of powerful mudslides which left at least 17 people dead in a southern California community that is also home to major celebrities including Oprah Winfrey. Heavy rains on Tuesday sent rivers of waist-high mud and debris flowing from the hills into Montecito and other towns in Santa Barbara County northwest of Los Angeles, which are still recovering from last month´s ferocious wildfires. "We are saddened to report that the death toll has…

More than 200 killed in Sierra Leone as mudslide sweeps away homes

FREETOWN: A mudslide killed more than 200 people on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown on Monday, sweeping away homes and leaving residents desperate for news of missing family members. The Red Cross said at least 205 bodies had been taken to the central morgue in Freetown. Police and military personnel were at the scene in the mountain town of Regent searching for people trapped in the debris. Many people living at the foot of Mount Sugar Loaf were asleep when the mountainside collapsed, burying dozens…

Colombia mudslide, flooding kill 254 in midnight deluge

MOCOA, COLOMBIA: Flooding and mudslides in the Colombian city of Mocoa sent torrents of water and debris crashing onto houses in the early hours of Saturday morning, killing 254 people, injuring hundreds and sending terrified residents scrambling to evacuate. Heavy rains caused several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks onto buildings and roads in the capital of southwestern Putumayo province and immobilizing cars in several feet of mud. "It was torrential rainstorm, it got really strong between 11 p.m. and 1…