Ecuador: Floods and Landslides - Feb 2022


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The number of casualties is increasing following the landslide triggered by heavy rain in the La Gasca area (neighbourhood of Quito). According to the authorities, 23 people have died, 15 are reportedly missing and 49 others have been injured. In addition, several buildings and roads have been affected by widespread floods across parts of Quito. Local and national authorities are providing assistance to the affected population. On 2-3 February, moderate to heavy rain is forecast over most parts of central-western Ecuador, including the Quito area. (ECHO, 2 Feb 2022)

Floods and landslides triggered by heavy rainfall have affected the Quito area over the past week, resulting in casualties and damage. According to media reports, 28 people have died, one is missing and 52 have been injured. On 7-8 February, moderate to heavy rain is forecast over most parts of the country, including the Quito area. (ECHO, 7 Feb 2022)

Heavy rainfall, floods, and landslides have affected Ecuador, particularly Guayas, Cotopaxi, El Oro and Los Ríos, since rains started on 28 January 2022. According to the Quito Municipality's local authorities, 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 since 2003. Rains triggered mud and rock flows that rapidly descended the slopes of the Pichincha Volcano that overlooks the capital city, carving a path of destruction through the streets of the Capital that destroyed homes, swept cars away and damaged infrastructure. The floods caused damages and landslides, affecting 550 people (160 families), causing 28 deaths, 52 injured, and one person missing in Quito. (IFRC, 10 Feb 2022)

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