Ecuador Landslide Kills 18, Injures at Least 42

At least 11 people died and 42 were injured after heavy rainfall triggered a landslide on Monday in La Gasca, a neighborhood just north of Quito, Ecuador.

According to the Quito Municipality, 75 liters of rainfall per square meter were recorded in the area the highest since 2003, and collapsed a reservoir in the El Tejado ravine, causing rocks and mud to slide in the La Gasca sector.

Ecuador’s ECU911 Comprehensive Security Service reported three deaths earlier while La Gasca police later said that 18 people have died in total at 7:50 p.m.

Ecuadorian emergency personnel are still conducting search and rescue efforts in the area with the National Police’s Special Operations Group and its Intervention and Rescue Group.

ECU 911 director Juan Zapata said that 16 people were reported missing while a majority of the 80 people playing volleyball in the La Comuna sector have not been found. 

Ecuador’s Risk and Emergency Management Service said at least 200 people were affected while evacuated residents have been sent to eight shelters throughout the region.

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