Fa­tal mud­slides:

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At least 15 peo­ple were killed on Tues­day when heavy rain trig­gered mud­slides in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Af­ter more than 5.5 inches of rain fell in two days in some ar­eas, flood­wa­ters poured down moun­tain­sides stripped of veg­e­ta­tion by re­cent wild­fires, send­ing a tor­rent of mud and boul­ders into the val­leys below. Ma­jor high­ways were blocked by tonnes of de­bris, sev­eral houses were swept away and hun­dreds more were badly dam­aged. As res­cue work­ers searched the mud and wreck­age for sur­vivors, an of­fi­cial in Santa Bar­bara county com­pared the dev­as­ta­tion to a “World War One bat­tle­field”.

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