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My school is less than an hour away from Oso. It is devastating. The number of deaths and missing people is overwhelming. If you can, please help. This is the worst natural disaster ever recorded in Washington State history. Even worse than Mt. St. Helens. My school is raising money for the people of Oso. Every penny counts. Guys, Oso is a small town. That’s a lot of people for a small town.

Rescuers keep searching despite overwhelming obstacles

(Photo: Ted S. Warren / Pool via AP)

Authorities announced Thursday night that the official death toll after Saturday’s mudslide in Oso, Wash. had risen to 17, but warned that the total number of victims was likely to increase. The rescuers, many of whom are volunteers who hold other jobs, have vowed to remain at the site of the slide until they are no longer needed.

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Oso Washington experienced a horrible tragedy on Saturday March 22, 2014 as a giant mudslide covered a mile of highway 530. The number of confirmed deaths is now up to eight and the reports of those missing is over 100 as this slide covered a number of homes in this rural community. This months record rains is what is thought to be the main reason for this unforeseen event. My thoughts are with those still searching for their loved ones and my heart breaks for their loss as this is a area of Washington that I visit often and the people who live there have always been so kind to me and my family. If anyone wants to donate any money for the relief efforts for those involved they cant text the RedCross to 90999 and a $10.00 donation will be charged to your cell phone bill. You can also donate by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or online to Northwest Response. 

Washington Mudslide: Learn how to help

Donations have been pouring in to help victims whose homes were destroyed in the landslide that ripped through Oso, Wash. The disaster could end up being one of the worst in Washington state’s history. So far at least 25 people have died and officials say the 90 people who are still missing are unlikely to have survived. Volunteers are working around the clock to feed, clothe and house those who have been displaced.

We’ve compiled a list of organizations that are accepting donations. See how you can help.

REMAINS OF THE FALL  A resident walks through a debris field Monday in the wake of a massive landslide in Oso, Washington state.  At least 14 people are dead and 176 missing after a mile-wide swath of mountainside essentially turned into “quicksand” and cascaded onto the valley below.  The area has had double its normal rainfall in recent weeks; more rain is forecast for today. (Photo: Genna Martin / The Herald via AP / USA Today; caption via USAT)

Obama vows ongoing support of Washington mudslide recovery

NBC News: President Obama vowed continuing support of recovery efforts in Oso, Wash., after touring the site of the deadly mudslide that hit the area.

“We’re not going anywhere, we’ll be there as long as it takes,” Obama said at a firehouse after taking an aerial tour of the destruction site and meeting with families of victims and first responders.

Obama also praised the strength of Oso as it mourns the loss of more than 40 people killed in the slide.

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Photo: Marine One, carrying President Barack Obama, takes an aerial tour of Oso, Washington, the site of the deadly mudslide that killed more than 40 people in March. (Carolyn Kaster / AFP - Getty Images)