At least 16 dead and seven missing after an avalanche in the Andean region of Ecuador

At least 16 people died and seven are missing due to the avalanche that occurred on Sunday in the city of Alausí, located in the Andean area of Ecuadorreported this Monday the Risk Management Secretariat.

In a statement quoted by efethe Secretariat noted that 16 people were injured, while half a thousand were affected and 22 lost everything.

The governor of the Andean province of Chimborazo, Iván Vinueza, specified that they are not certain “how many people could apparently be buried. We are working with the Fire Department from all over the country”.

Based on estimates from the Red Cross, the Risk Management Secretariat indicated that 163 homes were affected and they are still evaluating how many are destroyed after the avalanche that occurred on Sunday night.

Damage is reported on 150 meters of road, while 25% of public lighting was affected.

According to Vinueza, the landslide mainly affected the Nuevo Alausí neighborhood, although damage has also been reported in nearby sites.

The Risk Management Secretariat has coordinated with the Fire Department of eight cities and the search and rescue (USAR) teams of Quito and Cuenca were activated.

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The Police of Alausí and Riobamba supports the work of protecting the population and has coordinated with the health sector to care for the rescued people.

Three temporary accommodations have been activated and one hundred beds, mattresses and sleeping equipment have been mobilized to care for those affected, the report says.

With information from Efe.

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