According to Ecuador's Risk Management Secretariat on Monday, a landslide that occurred last Sunday in Alausí, Ecuador killed at least 16 people. Seven are still missing.
The General Secretariat of Communication of the Presidency details updated information on @Riesgos_Ec. pic.twitter.com/Eg0LpIOKxo
- Comunicación Ecuador 🇪🇨 (@ComunicacionEc) March 27, 2023
The same agency reported that last weekend's earthquake affected more than 500 people. The Ecuadorian Attorney General's Office reported that six bodies have been sent to the Forensic Center after the landslide.
Public Health has treated 24 patients, four of which are hospitalized at the Hospital Básico de Alausí and three have been transferred to other provinces.
#AHORA | #Chimborazo: after the landslide registered in a hill in the canton #Alausí, occurred last night, so far 6 corpses have been sent to the Forensic Center. Teams from #FiscalíaEc are on site coordinating actions. #FiscalíaConLasVíc. pic.twitter.com/hOTXeRfgok
- Fiscalía Fiscal Ecuador (@FiscaliaEcuador) March 27, 2023
"The government is fully active, focused on the tragedy of Alausí," said President Guillermo Lasso as he announced the government would offer lease bonds for the victims. He also added that in addition to emergency services, the armed forces, firefighters, police and the Red Cross are working in the affected area.
USAR group of @bomberosgye are activated by @riesgos_ec to assist in rescue efforts in #Alausi after landslide. Our contingent is made up of 40 rescuers,
1 heavy rescue truck, 2 fast rescue trucks, and an ambulance. pic.twitter.com/8XnXBoEiAII
- Bomberos Guayaquil (@BomberosGYE) March 27, 2023
The governor of Chimborazo, Iván Vinueza Cisneros, told The Associated Press that the landslides began two months ago and people were asked to evacuate at that time. The official also pointed out that since the tremors had increased on Saturday, several residents decided to leave, but not all of them did.
Ecuadorian Red Cross ⛑️está present since last night with teams of Prehospital Care, Psychosocial Support and Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (EDAN) attending to the population of El Causal in #Alausí affected by the landslide. pic.twitter.com/9uiDZg6S4F
- CRUZ ROJA ECUADOR (@cruzrojaecuador) March 27, 2023