California mudslide: hope fades for survivors after deadly disaster

Montecito is a scene of devastation after an avalanche of mud and debris swept through the wealthy enclave north of Los Angeles leaving 18 dead

Rescue crews expanded their search in Southern California’s Montecito on Friday for five missing people as the death toll rose to 18 from mudslides that damaged hundreds of buildings and caked highways with sludge.

About 1,250 emergency workers raced against the clock to find survivors with drones, heavy equipment and sniffer dogs in the rescue and clean-up efforts, the California governor’s Office of Emergency Services said.

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