TODAY   |  March 31, 2014

Mother of mudslide victim: ‘I’ve lost my baby’

The death toll rises in the tragic Washington mudslide as crews prepare to return to the disaster area. Rescue teams are exhausted, some suffering from hypothermia. A moment of silence is held to remember the victims. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

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>>> emergency officials are revising the numbers of the dead and missing of the tragic mudslide as crews prepare to return to the disaster area once again. miguel almaguer has the latest. good morning.

>> reporter: the number of missing has dropped dramatically, from 90 all the way down to 30. while this morning the death toll stands at 21.

>> reporter: today in the slide zone, the search enters day ten. rescue teams are exhausted. some suffering from hypothermia. with more remains discovered every day, even the search dogs are tired. ordered to take a two-daybreak.

>> all units please join us in a moment of silence.

>> reporter: on the one week anniversary, search teams and the community paused to remember the victims and survivors.

>> i've lost my mother. i've lost my baby.

>> today, natasha is praying for her neighbor and her son baby duke.

>> you wonder why they get the opportunity to be here. why isn't my mom and my baby here? but it doesn't help to think that way.

>> for the victims, there is no making sense of this tragedy. and still today for so many families, there remains a glimmer of hope.

>> we're looking for that miracle out there right now. i saw 400 or 500 people out looking for that miracle.

>> reporter: the governor told us there will be time down the road to address concerns that county officials may have known this hillside was unstable but did nothing to tell locals to move out of the area. when the sunrises, the search will push on. natalie?