There are already 23 deaths and crops destroyed by intense winter in Ecuador.

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Quito: A winter of copious rains that plagues most of Ecuador has left 23 people dead and almost 9,400 hectares of crops affected during the first quarter of the year, especially in the tropical zone of the country, where floods and floods, the Risk Management Secretariat reported on Thursday.

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In a statement, he also said that because of the winter weather, 11,297 homes had been left with varying magnitude problems, close to 6,000 people affected or homeless, and road damage throughout the country.

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One of the latest incidents occurred in the last few hours. Due to heavy rainfall, some 40 homes in the Valle de los Chillos sector, on the capital’s southern outskirts, were impacted by the flooding of the Pita River, which passes through that sector.

Ten days ago, a landslide from the rains used the death of 30 people in the town of Alausí, in the Ecuadorian Andean zone, and there are still 58 missing.

In the national productive part, the Ministry of Agriculture specified that of the total affected crops, there are 8,273 hectares of plant products with total loss, of which 87% corresponds to rice -the most consumed food in the country-, cocoa – export product- and cattle pasture. On Ecuadorian soil, there are 1.4 million cultivated hectares.

Winter problems have occurred, especially in the provinces of Guayas, whose capital is Guayaquil, Manabí, Los Ríos, Santa Elena, and Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, all in the tropical region of the country. But also in Imbabura, Pichincha, whose capital is Quito, and Chimborazo, in the Andean region.

The heavy rains have been accompanied by electrical storms, especially in cities like Guayaquil, where some residential sectors remain underwater because the winter does not let up. At the same time, meteorological agencies have said that the rainfall will continue for the remainder of April.

Before the Easter holiday, which begins on Friday, the authorities have recommended that those who travel outside the big cities do so during the day, check the state of the roads, and take precautions in the winter season.

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