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Hundreds search for victims of a California mudslide

MONTECITO, California. – Hundreds of researchers are still hunting for survivors of the floods and mudslides in the vicinity of Santa Barbara, California.

They slogged through the mud and poked long holes in the mud on Wednesday, when they searched for victims a day after the massive debris flow passed.

The death toll from Tuesday’s pre-dawn flash flood rose to 17 as more bodies were found. Another 17 were still missing.

The authorities hoped to find in life.

Wednesday, some 500 searchers had covered about 75 percent of the flooded area in the search for victims.

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