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At least 17 people have been killed in a landslide triggered by heavy rains in the Andes region of Ecuador, which swept away part of the town of Alausi, authorities said yesterday, quoted by Reuters.

Another 72 people are missing, BTA reported.

The landslide was activated on Sunday night and again on Tuesday, with 11 deaths reported so far.

Ecuador's disaster management agency reported 37 people injured, and according to official figures, 57 houses were destroyed and a total of about 650 people were affected.

The authorities announced that the rescue operation in the area continues.

Nearly 50 missing and 7 dead after landslide in Ecuador

Earlier this month, a strong earthquake and adverse weather conditions forced President Guillermo Lasso to declare a state of emergency in the country's 14 worst-hit provinces, according to Reuters.


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