According to President Guillermo Lasso, more than 500 people were forced to leave their homes in northern Ecuador on Sunday as a result of floods induced by heavy rainfall. President Lasso made the announcement.
According to him, there was no one who had been reported deceased or missing.
According to photographs that were made public by the Ministry of Defense, dozens of locals took refuge on the roofs or balconies of their homes as the water level in their neighborhoods rose.
Lasso said that there had been nonstop rainfall over the previous twelve hours, which led to the flooding of six rivers.
“The most important thing is to try to save their lives; let’s make sure they are safe! We have already saved 500 people, and the work is still ongoing,” he posted on Twitter. “We are grateful to everyone who helped.”
The Risk Management Secretariat reported that the authorities rescued approximately 500 individuals using boats and an additional 30 using helicopters.
In the province of Esmeraldas, which shares a border with Colombia, the floods affected approximately 11,750 individuals, 16 of whom were forced to abandon their houses as a result.
In numerous towns where schools sustained damage, classes were canceled until further notice.
In addition, there were five hospitals that were affected.
Between the months of January and May, there were a total of 36 fatalities and more than 99,000 individuals were affected across Ecuador.
Heavy rains in March created a landslide in the Andean town of Alausi, which buried dozens of homes and resulted in the deaths of approximately sixty people.
There were thirteen persons who were reported missing after the disaster, and rescue workers are currently seeking to locate their bodies.