(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) At least 16 people were killed and another 16 were injured after
a massive landslide buried numerous homes Sunday night in central
Ecuador's Alausi canton, in Chimborazo province, the Secretariat of
Risk Management said Monday, trend reports citing xinhua .
According to the agency's preliminary report, seven people are
still missing and as many as 500 people have been impacted by the
disaster, with countless homes destroyed, 65 percent of a major
roadway made impassable and 25 percent of streetlights not
"One hundred percent of the transportation service for
communities and cities is affected," the secretariat said.
The country's ECU 911 integrated emergency hotline and service
issued an alarm Sunday night that immediately dispatched search and
rescue teams to the rural area.
"Temporary accommodation and the mobilization of sleeping kits
have been activated for those who have lost their homes," the
presidency's communications secretariat said in a statement.
By presidential order, the Risk Management Secretariat was
coordinating relief efforts with the Armed Forces and the Public
Health Ministry, as well as local police and fire departments, the
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