- Title: ECUADOR: TORRENTIAL RAIN FLOODS LARGE AREA OF RURAL ECUADOR
- Date: 1st April 2002
- Summary: (U1) LOS RIOS, ECUADOR (APRIL 1, 2002) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. VARIOUS AERIAL VIEWS OF FLOODED LAND ( 3 SHOTS) 0.12 2. VARIOUS, OF FLOODED HOMES (3 SHOTS) 0.17 3. SLV HENS STANDING ON FLOOD WATER 0.19 4. WIDE PEOPLE CROSSING FLOOD WATERS IN A BOAT 0.22 5. SMV / WIDE STRANDED FAMILY LOOKING OUT FROM HOUSE (2 SHOTS) 0.28 6. WIDE OF HOUSE AND FLOODED STREET 0.30 7. SMV BANANA CROP DAMAGED 0.37 8. VARIOUS OF BANANA TREES (3 SHOTS) 0.53 9. WIDE OF DAMAGED HOME 0.58 10. SMV MAN LOOKING DOOR OF FLOORING ADN HOUSE AND WADING WAIST HIGHT THROUGH FLOOD WATER 1.10 11. SLV CATTLE IN THE MIDDLE OF RUSHING WATER 1.16 12. VARIOUS OF CATTLE IN HIGH WATER (2 SHOTS) 1.23 13. VARIOUS, OF FLOODS ON FARM (3 SHOTS) 1.36 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 16th April 2002 13:00
- Location: GUAYAS AND LOS RIOS, ECUADOR
- Country: Ecuador
- Reuters ID: LVA2B332ZKUTKLIPMKXQ9EFDDU7N
- Story Text: Torrential rains over the coast of Ecuador have flooded
important areas of the country, forcing the federal government
to declare state of emergency.
The rain began to subside on Monday (April 04) along
the coast of Ecuador, but not without leaving 16 people dead,
causing material damage and devastating agriculture, according
to civil authorities.
The floods have meant for the country the loss of up to
20 percent of it's annual crops of rice and banana and caused
extensive damage in cattle growing areas in the province of
Los Rios. Much of the town of Quevedo, in the same
jurisdiction, was under water this past weekend.
The government has begun diverting resources from
originally earmarked for other purposes in order to help the
civilian population in the affected areas.
According to health officials, an immediate concern is
the possible spread of infectious diseases such as dengue and
yellow fever. Cases have already appeared in some of the most
affected and isolated areas.
Several highways and other infrastructure were destroyed,
particularly in the zone know as the Lower Sierra, when
hundreds of hectares remain under water.
Authorities of the Civil Defense directorate informed
that since the start of the rainy season, in February, 16
people have been killed, two others have been reported as
missing and 1,726 have been left homeless. A total of 24,121
personas have been affected.
The government is expecting the worsening of weather
conditions as a result of the phenomenon known as "El Nino."
The storms have most affected 10 of the 22 Ecuadorian
provinces, particularly those along the coast of Esmeraldas,
bordering Colombia; Manabi, Guayas, Los Rios and El Oro,
Other provinces also affected are Pichincha, Cotopaxi,
Bolivar, Chimborazo y Loja, also bordering Peru.
The federal government has not yet calculated the
magnitude of economic losses.
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