Ecuador – Catastrophic Flash Floods in Quito Leave 11 Dead, 9 Missing

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.

Flood damage in Quito Ecuador January 2022. Photo: Bomberos Quito

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.

Map of main areas impacted by floods Quito Ecuador, 31 January 2022. Image: SNGRE
Flood rescues in Quito, Ecuador January 2022. Photo: FFAA Ecuador
Flood search and rescue in Quito, Ecuador January 2022. Photo: Bomberos Quito

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