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California mudslides: the balance sheet goes up to 18 dead

California mudslides: the balance sheet goes up to 18
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Thursday’s mudslides in southern California killed at least 18 people, local authorities said late Friday after a new body was found, while seven people are still missing.
The body of the latest of the victims, an 87-year-old man, was “found in his home by the search and rescue services,” said Bill Brown, the sheriff of Santa Barbara County.
Arriving on a region already devastated and deprived of its vegetation by the fires of December, the heavy rains of the beginning of the week, after 10 months of drought, caused mudslides carrying many debris on the hills of Montecito and other towns in Santa Barbara County, northwest of Los Angeles.
In addition to the dead and wounded, 65 houses were destroyed and more than 450 others damaged.


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