Four more soldiers dead after flash flooding at Texas base

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United States: This NASA Earth Observatory image obtained June 3, 2016 shows what the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired in this image of flooding in southeastern Texas on May 28, 2016. The image shows flooding along the Brazos River just west of Monaville,Texas. Four US soldiers were still missing Friday, a day after their vehicle flipped over in a rain-swollen Texas creek during a training exercise, killing five others.Yesterday we suffered a tragic accident where we lost five of our soldiers, said Major General John Uberti, speaking to reporters June 3, 2016 at the Fort Hood military base. AFP/NASA Earth Observatory/Handout

June 4, 2016
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Authorities recovered the bodies of four soldiers Friday, one day after their vehicle flipped over in a rain-swollen Texas creek during a training exercise.

The four confirmed deaths raised the toll from the accident to nine, Christopher Haug, chief of media relations at Fort Hood military base, told AFP.

The troops were on a training mission at the base when their vehicle was caught in flash flooding.

"Due to the quick action of some other soldiers that were training, we were able to rescue three soldiers who are in stable condition," Major General John Uberti told reporters earlier Friday.

"We're providing the support and counseling for the families, friends and soldiers as we work through the notification and grieving process."

Bodies of the other five victims were recovered Thursday.

Texas has seen several days of severe storms, including in the area around Fort Hood, where the Light Medium Tactical Vehicle -- a military truck -- the soldiers were traveling in overturned.

An aerial search, canine units and swift water rescue boats were all deployed in response to the accident.

The Fort Hood Army base is located approximately 200 miles (320 kilometers) northwest of Houston. Nearly 41,000 soldiers are stationed there.