January 27, 2023

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The death toll from the devastating floods in Ecuador has risen to 27

Witnesses captured images of the disaster in the Ecuadorian capital

The death toll rose to 27 Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in the Ecuadorian capital on Monday, After heavy rains, a record amount of rain fell, as announced by the local government on Friday.

He also pointed out that 41 of the injured had already been evacuated from health homes 14 people are in the hospital, One of them is in critical condition.

Landslides caused by rain send mud and rocks to residential areas and affect power supply in Kyoto (REUTERS / Johanna Alarcón)

Two are said to be missingAccording to the mayor’s statement. Are constantly engaged in rescue operations Look for victims in the area of ​​the empty neighborhood where the volleyball championship is played in public, which was destroyed since the current was the first thing discovered.

According to their statistics, 348 people have been affected Flood of water, soil, trees and rocks descending from Pichincha volcano And fury with the central-western parts of the capital.

Rescue workers in the middle of their work after a landslide in Kyoto (REUTERS / Jonathan Rosas)
Rescue workers in the middle of their work after a landslide in Kyoto (REUTERS / Jonathan Rosas)

According to Quito Mayor Santiago Guarderas, the flooding occurred An “extraordinary natural phenomenon” was expected, with only two millimeters of rain falling in the city for 17 hours on Monday, with 75 millimeters of rain falling.

This is the maximum amount recorded after that 2003.

Veterans and rescue workers assist with cleanup operations in Quito (REUTERS / Johanna Alarcón)
Veterans and rescue workers assist with cleanup operations in Quito (REUTERS / Johanna Alarcón)

With a capacity of 4,500 cubic meters, one of the reservoirs built to catch rainwater in the mountains is overflowing due to the accumulation of 20,000 cubic meters. The mayor explained.

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But still Neighbors say uncontrolled construction on the volcanic slopes, reclaimed from tree-lined land, and the accumulation of debris in the area are the cause of the tragedy.

Firefighters and rescue teams continue to search muddy houses and streets in Quito (REUTERS / Jonatan Rosas)
Firefighters and rescue teams continue to search muddy houses and streets in Quito (REUTERS / Jonatan Rosas)

They were completed by Thursday Three days of mourning Organized by local authorities in Quito, home to 2.7 million people. Cleaning work by heavy machinery is ongoing.

Since October, heavy rains have affected 22 of Ecuador’s 24 provinces, with 44 dead, 77 injured, 686 homeless and 5,848 affected as of Thursday. According to the National Risk Management Service.

(With information from AFP and EFE)

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