QUITO – At least five people are missing in the wake of a mudslide in Chinchin, a town near the tourist resort city of Baños de Agua Santa, emergency management officials in Ecuador’s central Andean region said.
Two men and three women disappeared, and an undetermined number of other people were trapped by the rising waters of the Chinchin River, which has destroyed several cabins and houses in the area.
Rescue teams, firefighters, Red Cross personnel and police are working to evacuate those trapped in the area, a task that has been complicated by the river’s strong current.
The rise in the Chinchin River’s level, which was produced by heavy rains in the region, caused flooding that destroyed 10 dwellings, Tungurahua province Gov. Juan Francisco Mora said.
Several families have been evacuated in the area, where a small tourist hotel operates at the foot of the Manto de la Novia waterfall, Mora said.
This natural disaster is not related to activity at the Tungurahua volcano, which is near where the mudslide occurred, the governor told Sonorama. EFE