QUITO, Ecuador — An enormous landslide swept over an Andean group in central Ecuador, burying dozens of houses and killing no less than 16 individuals as rescuers frantically looked for survivors, authorities stated Monday.
Ecuador’s Danger Administration Secretariat stated 16 individuals had been injured and 7 remained lacking hours after the landslide Sunday in Alausí, about 137 miles (220 kilometers) south of the capital, Quito. The company estimated that 500 individuals and 163 houses had been affected by the catastrophe, which additionally destroyed a portion of the Pan-American Freeway.
The governor of Chimborazo, Ivan Vinueza, instructed The Related Press that among the injured had been taken to space hospitals. Authorities initially issued an evacuation order as a result of imminent danger of latest landslides, however they lifted it just a few hours later.
Space residents instructed native media they heard tremors on the mountain earlier than the landslide, which is estimated to be about 150 meters (490 ft) extensive and 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) lengthy. It dragged bushes, houses and different buildings.
Firefighters from half a dozen cities had been dispatched to the realm to assist. Greater than a dozen rescuers stood on the fringe of the landslide as they labored to take away particles.
Video from cameras related to nation’s emergency service community reveals residents fleeing their houses with assist from neighbors. It additionally reveals individuals transporting home equipment and different belongings in automobiles.
The emergency response company stated 60% of potable water service within the space was affected by the landslide. The communication’s workplace of President Guillermo Lasso stated a shelter had been arrange and a few faculties could be switching to on-line lessons.