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Girl dead, woman rescued, 5 missing after landslide hits isolated Alaska fishing community

JUNEAU, Alaska - A landslide that ripped down a sopping, heavily forested mountainside in southeast Alaska killed a girl, injured a woman and left five other people missing as it smashed into three homes in a remote fishing community, authorities said Tuesday.

Crews resorted to a cadaver-sniffing dog and heat-sensing drones to search for those still unaccounted for hours after the disaster, while the Coast Guard and other vessels looked along the oceanfront, which was littered with debris from the landslide.

The slide - estimated to be about 450 feet (137 meters) wide - occurred at about 9 p.m. Monday during a significant rain- and windstorm near Wrangell, an island community of 2,000 residents some 155 miles (250 kilometers) south of Juneau.


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