Monday, June 5, 2023

Landslide Kills at Least 24 People in Ecuador’s Capital, 12 Still Missing

QUITO—At least 24 people perished in a landslide in Ecuador’s capital Quito, and 12 others were missing, Mayor Santiago Guarderas said on Tuesday, as rescue teams searched homes and streets covered by mud following the worst deluge in nearly two decades.

The torrential rains on Monday night caused a build-up of water in a gorge near the working class neighborhoods of La Gasca and La Comuna, sending mud and rocks down on residences and affecting electricity provision.

The country’s disaster management agency said 48 people were injured.

“We saw this immense black river that was dragging along everything, we had to climb the walls to escape,” said resident Alba Cotacachi, who evacuated her two young daughters from their home. “We are looking for the disappeared.”

Rescue workers carry away the body of a victim of flash flooding triggered by rain filling up nearby streams that burst their containment mechanisms, collapsing a hillside and bringing waves of mud over homes in La Gasca area of ​​Quito, Ecuador, on Feb. 1, 2022. (Dolores Ochoa/AP Photo)
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Mud fills a street after a rain-weakened hillside collapsed and brought waves of mud over La Gasca area of ​​Quito, Ecuador, on Feb. 1, 2022. (Dolores Ochoa/AP Photo)

Footage obtained by showed a man struggling to free himself from the muddy waters rushing down a residential street. witnesses said the man was swept away as residents screamed for help.

Other videos showed a torrent sweeping away trees, vehicles, dumpsters, and even electricity poles, while some people were rescued from the muddy water by neighbors.

Authorities have not ruled out the possibility of further landslides. The mayor’s office has set up shelters for affected families and has started clearing streets in the city.

Ecuador is facing heavy rains in several areas, which have caused rivers to overflow and affected hundreds of homes and roads.

Rains in Quito on Monday were equivalent to 75 liters per square meter, the highest in nearly two decades.

By Alexandra Valencia




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