USA: Death toll rises to 17 in Montecito following mudslides

The death toll rose to 17 people in the city of Montecito on Wednesday, after huge mudslides ploughed through areas of Santa Barbara County. Over a hundred homes were destroyed in the torrents of mud and debris. Images reveal the damage caused in Ventura and Santa Barbara County, which was recently devastated by huge wildfires that left the lands scorched and vulnerable to flash floods and... Еще mudslides. Cars were left stranded in thick deposits and properties were destroyed. Search and rescue workers are combing Santa Barbara County looking for more than a dozen people believed to be missing. California recently suffered from devastating wildfires that charred the earth, creating perfect conditions for mudslides since there are not enough trees to keep the dirt from moving after rainstorms.

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