- On Monday, the La Gasca area experienced the highest level of rainfall recorded in Ecuador since 2003.
- Emergency personnel are conducting search and rescue efforts, as well as removing debris.
- Approximately 200 people were affected, according to Ecuador's Risk and Emergency Management Service.
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At least 11 people died and several dozen others were injured after heavy rainfall caused a landslide on Monday in La Gasca, a neighbourhood just north of Quito, Ecuador, according to digital outlet Primicias.
Affected families have been placed in eight shelters throughout the region, according to a press release from the Metropolitan District of Quito
In a tweet, Quito Mayor Santiago Guarderas said he's coordinating with emergency personnel in the neighbourhood, including technicians from the town's Social Inclusion Department and psychologists from the Centers for Equity and Justice.
—José Coloma (@JosseColoma7) February 1, 2022
On Monday, over 75 liters of rainfall per square meter were recorded, the highest level recorded since 2003, the press release stated.
Emergency personnel remain in La Gasca conducting search and rescue efforts, as well as removing debris, Guarderas tweeted. The National Police of Ecuador has dispatched both its Special Operations Group and its Intervention and Rescue Group to assist with recovery efforts, according to Minister of the Interior Alexandra Vela Puga.
—Alex Cevallos (@Alexa_Cevallos_) February 1, 2022
The National Risk and Emergency Management Service estimates approximately 200 people were affected by the flood. As several nearby hospitals have activated their contingency plans, Minister of Health Ximena Garzón Villalba tweeted that personnel from her department and 25 ambulances are on standby to render aid to any survivors.