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Search ends for victims of US mudslide which claimed 41

A man looks up at a sign commemorating the Oso mudslide on 21 April 2014 Image copyright AP
Image caption Two people are still missing amid the extensive debris of nearly 30 homes in Oso, Washington

Authorities are ending the search for victims in the US state of Washington five weeks after a mudslide claimed at least 41 lives.

Two people are still unaccounted for in the community of Oso, about 55 miles (90km) north of Seattle.

Hundreds of searchers combed a debris field containing downed trees and nearly 30 destroyed homes.

Officials say it could take three months to clear a stretch of highway buried in the disaster.

US President Barack Obama took an aerial tour of the town last week before speaking to rescue workers and locals.

"The country is thinking about all of you," he said. "We are not going anywhere."

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