Twenty people are still missing and authorities expect to find no survivors.
Forensic Snohomish County rose to 28 the death toll in the tragic avalanche of land occurred on March 22 in a rural area of the state of Washington (U.S. West Coast), while 20 people are still missing and there is no hope finding survivors.
Of the 28 deceased have been identified 22 bodies, county officials said in a press conference with every night for ten days reports the death toll and the evolution of the rescue of the already considered worst natural disaster in the state of Washington in the last century and one of the worst landslides in U.S. history.
The number of people unaccounted for fell from 90 to 20 in recent days, while the official death toll continues to rise, currently up to 28.
Although last week and had come to speak of at least 26 dead, the authorities have decided not to include any person in the list of fatalities until his body has not been used by forensic.
Despite improved weather has facilitated the work of search in the past hour, currently only has been reviewed by 5% of the area where you think you may be the victims of the fatal landslide and mud makes ten days buried a rural area of the small town of Bear, 60 miles northwest of Seattle, one of the main urban centers.
The only five survivors found so far, they are in serious situation at a local hospital, were rescued on Saturday March 22 in the first hours after the disaster and since then has not found any sign of life.
So, as the days pass, officials, rescue teams, family and neighbors are losing hope of finding anyone alive, so it is feared that the final death toll includes 20 people still reported missing and not many of the bodies may never be recovered.
The rain and wind hampered last search tasks in the amalgam of shattered houses, trees and mud in the detachment area became week.
These conditions also make it difficult to estimate the death toll, but the authorities are working on the basis that some 180 people lived in the buried area.
On Monday, less than 24 hours, the official death toll rose from 8 to 14 and missing from 18 to 108 and, soon after, to 176.
Authorities on Wednesday reduced the number of missing almost half, but admitted that ignore the situation of other 35 persons, which is not yet known if Bear were in at the time of the disaster.
Only half of the 49 destroyed houses were inhabited permanently, since the population of Bear is variable, one of the factors that fueled initially hopes of authorities that the number of reported missing include people who do not They were in the area at the time of the event.
The mudslide that crushed the houses in this small rural area could not come at a worse time, as occurred on Saturday morning, when most residents were at home and not at work or school, as would have occurred on a weekday.