A severe landslide occurred in Ecuador on the evening of the 26th, and the lack of disaster relief resources led to a rising death toll.
[Instant News/Comprehensive Report] A serious landslide occurred in the Republic of Ecuador (Republic of Ecuador) in the northwestern part of South America on the evening of the 26th. The accident occurred in the Chimborazo province (Chimborazo), which is close to the Andes (Andes), and there is no disaster relief. Resources caused the local death toll to continue to rise.
According to Reuters, the official death toll from the landslide in Ecuador rose to 11 on the evening of the 28th, and the collapsed soil mixed with rainwater flooded buildings and stadiums.
Ecuador's disaster relief agency said that as of the 28th, about 67 people were still missing, and 32 survivors were rescued.
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Dozens of people are still missing in Alausi county in Chimborazo province, where the disaster was worst. Rescuers were using excavation equipment overnight to rescue them.
Authorities said the landslide impacted 163 structures across the country, affecting more than 500 people.
Jorge Montanero, head of the rescue team at the Guayaquil Fire Department, who was involved in the rescue, said the search would continue.
"With a sliver of hope and faith we will continue, even if we are very tired," Montanello said.
Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso inspected the disaster area on the evening of the 27th and instructed to extend the rescue operation and expand the search for the missing.
Due to the massive earthquake that struck the country on March 18, Laso declared a state of emergency in 14 provinces last week. Unexpectedly, the earthquake and continuous heavy rain would lead to a landslide tragedy.
In addition, the heavy rain destroyed roads, bridges and other infrastructure, and house leaks coincided with the predicament of continuous rain. The situation in Ecuador is extremely critical.
Fearing another landslide, authorities ordered the evacuation of more than 600 homes and set up three large shelters to house people.