The European Commission’s Humanitarian aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) are reporting that floods and landslides as a result of heavy rain in Ecuador have left 5 people dead, 1 missing and 38 injured.
The heavy rain began on 22 July 2015. Landslides and flooding in Napo Province have left 5 people dead and 38 injured and causing severe damage to roads and transport infrastructure. Landslides have also been reported in Chimborazo province, where one person is said to be missing. The heavy rain also caused a river to overflow in Alao San Antonio in Chimborazo province.
In Sucumbíos province the San Miguel and Aguarico Rivers have overflowed, affecting around 21 families and cutting water supply in Lago Agrio Canton. Ecuador’s Committee for Emergency Operations (COE) have declared an emergency in the canton in order to provide aid to the affected families. The flood has caused damage to bridges, roads and the water treatment facility. Authorities are working on repairing the plant and restoring water supply. According to local media, the area saw 16 hours of heavy rain.
Orellana, Zamora Chinchipe and Tungurahua provinces are also experienced heavy rain.
Photo credits: Gobernación de Napo and Secretaría de Gestión de Riesgos del Ecuador-SGR