At least 11 people have died and 9 are missing after catastrophic flash flooding swept through parts of Quito, capital of Ecuador, on 31 January 2022.
Heavy rainfall, floods and landslides have affected other areas of the country over the last few days, in particular the provinces of Guayas, Cotopáxi, El Oro and Los Ríos.
In a statement, Mayor of Quito Dr. Santiago Guarderas Izquierdo said flooding struck in western parts of the city after 75 mm of rain fell in a short period during the afternoon of 31 January 2022. This is the highest rainfall intensity seen in the city since 2003 the mayor said. The mayor said flood debris blocked the flow of the swollen El Tejado creek, which in turn sent torrents of mud, flood water and debris through the streets of the La Gasca neighbourhood of the city.
In an update on the situation late 31 January, the country’s disaster management agency Servicio Nacional de Gestión de Riesgos y Emergencias del Ecuador (SNGRE) confirmed 11 fatalities, 9 people missing and 32 injured. Power was cut after power poles were downed and an electrical power substation at Miraflores damaged. Buildings were also damaged and at least 2 homes were completely destroyed. In total 200 people have been affected, with some families displaced and moved to eight shelters set up by the city. Affected families have been provided with assistance and relief supplies, the mayor said.
Lluvia provoca inundaciones en sector de La Gasca al norte de Quito especialmente en la calle Nuñez de Bonilla, moradores asustados reportan también caida de los cables eléctricos piden auxilio al @MunicipioQuito @ElectricaQuito @BomberosQuito pic.twitter.com/wkdwc0LNYy
— patricio carrera (@patriciocarrera) January 31, 2022
En la Av la Gasca, y calles aledañas. Por favor tener mucho cuidado. #911 no contesta. pic.twitter.com/vnYc08NZHM
— SusanaA (@anasuea) January 31, 2022
#ATENCION #URGENTE En este momento, en La Gasca, en #Quito, hay un deslave debido a las fuertes lluvias. El agua ya ha arrastrado varios carros y hay gente atrapada en el lugar. Ayuda, @BomberosQuito. pic.twitter.com/gQPKpJ7Ey5
— Emerson Rubio (@EmersonRubio22) January 31, 2022