Mudslide death toll rises to 41 as Obama prepares to visit

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - The death toll from the mudslide that hit the Washington town of Oso has risen to 41.

The Snohomish County medical examiner's office counted two more victims Monday, but said they have not yet been officially identified.

Four names remain on the list of people missing from the March 22 landslide that tore through about three-dozen homes in the community about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

The search for bodies at the site continues as President Barack Obama prepares to visit the site Tuesday and meet with victim's families and first responders.

Obama is making the brief stop in Washington state as he heads to Asia for an eight-day trip to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Meanwhile, it was also reported Monday that all of the people who were injured in the mudslide are now out of the hospital. Harborview Medical Center reports the last patient was a 38-year-old man discharged Saturday.

The United Way of Snohomish County says it plans to distribute $400,000 in disaster relief money to two communities affected by the Oso mudslide.

A spokesman says the cities of Arlington and Darrington will each get $200,000 on Monday. That will bring the total amount distributed by the group to $925,000. The organization has raised $2 million for mudslide relief.

The U.S. Department of Labor on Monday also announced $2.8 million in grants to help with cleanup and recovery efforts. That money will go to the state Employment Security Department to create temporary jobs to help with the recovery efforts.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency also said it would provide commuting assistance to mudslide survivors who face long detours around the closed road between Arlington and Darrington.