At mudslide scene, Obama mourns with survivors

OSO, Wash. (AP) — President Barack Obama is pledging a nation's solidarity with those who are enduring what he called "unimaginable pain and difficulty" in the aftermath of last month's deadly mudslide in Oso (OH'-soh), Wash.

Obama met with residents and first responders Tuesday, promising, "We're going to be strong right alongside you."

A wall of mud and water swept away a hillside on March 22 and took with it at least 41 lives and dozens of homes. Two people are still listed as missing.

Obama surveyed the scene by helicopter then met with families of victims gathered at a community chapel. He met separately with emergency responders before speaking in a small brick firehouse.

Tuesday's stop in Washington state came as Obama headed for Tokyo, the first stop on a four-country visit to the Asia-Pacific region.

©2016 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.