Emergency Declared After Landslides in Central Ecuador

A state of emergency has been declared in Alausi, in the province of Chimborazo, Ecuador, due to the damage caused by landslides triggered by heavy rain over the weekend.

According to the Ecuadorian emergency services, the heavy rainfall had increased the flow of a creek in the southern region of the province, resulting in several roads being washed out, isolating a village.

The landslides affected 55 families, destroyed 11 homes, and collapsed several buildings and bridges, they said.

The national secretary of risks, Jorge Carrillo, said that 67 emergencies were reported across the region over the weekend, with 31 of them being landslides.

Footage released by the Ecuadorian Armed Forces shows people being helped across a river. Credit: Ecuadorian Armed Forces via Storyful

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