Its principles Equatorial announced that the death toll from the landslide that occurred in the Andes and more specifically in a district of the city of Alausi has increased to 23, with rescue crews continuing efforts to locate dozens of people who are missing.
A giant chunk of the mountain broke off overnight Sunday into Monday and hit the district on the outskirts of the city of 45,000 in Ciborasso province, about 300 kilometers south of the capital Quito.
THE landslide injured 38 more residents, while 57 houses were completely destroyed, according to the latest figures from the National Secretariat for Risk Management (SNGR). In total, the affected are estimated to be around 850.
The death toll is rising as rescue crews manage to gain access to homes that were overwhelmed. “Safety protocols are being implemented to stabilize the ground so teams are able to continue search and rescue work in the area, including the use of machinery,” SNGR explained.
Based on the data of the authorities, 67 people are still missing.
The area where Alausi is located had been on “yellow alert” since February due to rainfall.
Due to of a deadly earthquake that struck the country earlier this month and rain, floods and landslides, the government last week declared a state of emergency in 14 of Ecuador’s 24 provinces to free up resources needed to help those affected.
The storm surge destroyed or damaged roads, bridges and other infrastructure.
Even before Sunday’s landslide, rains and landslides had already killed 22 people and left 346 homeless across the country since the beginning of the year. More than 6,900 homes were damaged and 72 were completely destroyed, according to official figures.
Source: News Beast
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