A landslide in southern Equator, an area subject to severe weather for several weeks, left at least sixteen dead, sixteen injured and seven missing, the National Risk Management Secretariat said on Monday March 27.
Several dozen houses were buried on the night of Sunday March 26 to Monday March 27 in this Andean area hit last week by an earthquake.
Nearly 500 people in total were affected by the flow.
Reacting on Twitter, Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso said firefighters had been hard at work since the early hours of the morning "
to come to the aid of the affected citizens
Images broadcast by local media show dozens of rescuers and civilians busying themselves around the debris, in the darkness of the night and torches in hand, to try to free buried people.
Since January, heavy rains have already left 22 dead and 346 homeless in Ecuador.
More than 6,900 homes were damaged and 72 were destroyed, authorities said.
Some 987 incidents were caused by bad weather, such as floods and landslides.
In February, rains led to a five-day suspension of crude oil pumping as a pipeline threatened to burst after a bridge collapsed.
Last week, 15 people were also killed in an earthquake in southwestern Ecuador, including one in neighboring Peru.