At least 17 people have been killed by extreme mudslides in California — here's why the situation has gotten so deadly

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Business Insider—Kenneth Song/Santa Barbara News-Press via Reuters Severe mudslides in Southern California have left 17 dead, and rescue crews still searching for at least 8 more people. The mudslides came on the heels of one of the regions' worst spat of wildfires in recorded history, and the two cataclysms, like many processes on our planet, are related. Because the fires charred the landscape around the Montecito area, the lack of vegetation on the hills made them unstable as they got pounded with torrential...

At least 17 dead, 8 missing in California mudslides. Hundreds of rescue workers slogged through knee-deep ooze and used long poles to probe for bodies Thursday as the search dragged on for victims of the mudslides that slammed this wealthy coastal town. Seventeen people were confirmed dead and eight others were missing. Family members anxiously awaited...