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3 Missing After Massive US Mudslide

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Rescue teams are searching for three people missing after a large mudslide struck late Sunday in the western U.S. state of Colorado.

The mudslide is estimated to be three kilometers wide, 6.5 kilometers long and 76 meters deep in an unpopulated area near the town of Collbran, about 64 kilometers east of the city of Grand Junction.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department said rescuers raced to the scene, but slowed operations after nightfall.

Heavy rain fell on the area during the previous two days, and "likely contributed to the cause of the slide," according to the Sheriff’s Department.

The avalanche occurred about two months after a massive mudslide hit the Washington state community of Oso on March 22, killing 43 people.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.
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