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Disasters Charter: Flood and Landslides, Ecuador

The Disasters Charter has been activated for a flood and landslides in Ecuador:

Flood and landslides, Ecuador

Type of Event: Floods and Landslides
Location of Event: Ecuador
Date of Charter Activation: 10 March 2012
Charter Requestor: Secretaría Nacional de Gestión de Riesgos – SNGR (Ecuador)
Project Management: Oficina de Gestión Corporativa de CLIRSENQuito – ECUADOR

Description of the Event
Heavy rains continued to pour in Jocay, Ecuador this week, causing flooding across coastal communities.

In an official statement from the Ecuadorian government, they announced that at least 20 people were killed and 65 people were severly injured due to flooding within coastal provinces.

At present, 166 homes have been destroyed and 2,823 people have been evacuated from their homes to shelters and other communities.

In February, hundreds of people fled their homes to seek shelter after severe rains which also caused immense damage to local crops.

Ecuador’s National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology warn for further heavy rains to be expected during the months of March and April.