UPDATED — March 31, 10:30 p.m. ET:
An aerial photo shows the extent of the massive mudslide that killed at least 28 people on March 22. The landslide was approximately 135 feet wide and 180 feet deep, and hit just before 11 a.m., according to Snohomish County authorities.
The landslide completely smothered State Route 530 near the town of Oso, about 55 miles north of Seattle.
Snohomish County District 21 Fire Chief Travis Hots looks down briefly as he addresses a news conference five days after the mudslide in Arlington, Wash. The county’s medical examiner has received a total of 28 victims, and has positively identified 22, while they continue to work to identify the others.
The search mission has continued since Saturday, although rain has hampered efforts.
The death toll from the massive Washington mudslide is expected to climb sharply over the next fews days with 22 people still missing, authorities said.
Gov. Jay Inslee (right) speaks with Heather Kelly, deputy manager of the Snohomish County Emergency Operations Center, as he visits the center on March 26 in Everett, Wash.
This March 24 aerial photo released by the U.S. Geological Survey shows the extent of the mudslide.
Tina Ray puts flowers on a cross in dedication of the mudslide victims at the Oso Community Chapel on March 26. Tina and her husband, Pastor Gary Ray, run the Oso Community Chapel and are providing a place for victims and family members to come pray.
Hank Pitstick (center) prays at the Oso Community Chapel during a prayer meeting for victims of a mudslide on March 26.
This photo taken on March 27 shows trees on the edge of the massive mudslide.
A rescue worker looks over the debris pile from the mudslide on March 27.
A military helicopter flies on March 27 over mud and debris from the massive mudslide that struck Saturday.
Personnel from the Washington Air National Guard make their way through the mud and wreckage left behind by the mudslide in Oso.
Snohomish County Fire District Battalion Chief Steve Mason speaks with members of the media on March 27 near the scene of the deadly mudslide.
Air Force personnel joined civilian workers to locate the missing on March 26.
A sign posted on a road near the mudslide warns of danger in the area.
Searchers on water and land look through debris on March 25.
Volunteers, including Oliver Rankin, the son of Darrington Mayor Dan Rankin, and Laura Grimmer sort items that were donated to help families affected by the massive mudslide on March 26. Many local residents have come together to help the bereaved and offer support for searchers.
Chloe Thompson, 9, holds a sign as part of a community effort to raise donations for mudslide victims at the Food Pavilion in Arlington, Wash., on March 26.
Comfort dog Sumi, an Akita, shakes a paw with a worker at the Snohomish County Emergency Operations Center on March 26 in Everett, Wash.
National Guard troops prepare to enter the mudslide debris on the western edge of the mudslide where it covers Highway 530 on March 26.
Searchers examine the area on the western edge of the mudslide on March 26.
A bulldozer transports out a wrecked vehicle from the mudslide on March 26.
Darrington Fire District 24 volunteer firefighters Jeff McClelland, Jan McClelland, and Eric Finzimer embrace one another on March 26 after saying a prayer for the victims and survivors of the massive mudslide.
Workers search the debris that flowed across Highway 530 in the mudslide on March 26.
Snohomish County Fire Chief Steve Mason (left) talks with a chaplain near the mudslide on March 26.
A helicopter and waiting ground crew transfer a worker injured in the mudslide to a waiting ambulance from a Snohomish County helicopter on March 25.
A damaged home sits in the debris field caused by Saturday’s massive mudslide above the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River onto Highway 530 on March 25.
Teresa Welter cries as she holds a candle on March 25 at a candlelight vigil in Arlington, Wash.
Flowers are laid on debris next to a demolished home on March 25 where a woman’s body was found following the deadly mudslide.