Ecuador Esmeraldas Floods

Floods in Esmeraldas, Ecuador

Floods in Esmeraldas, Ecuador

In Esmeraldas, there were several emergencies during the weekend due to heavy rains: houses were flooded, drinking water was suspended, and several rivers overflowed, leaving in their wake the arrival of winter.

Several sectors of the Ecuadorian province of Esmeraldas were surprised by the swelling rivers and the resulting flooding, which left many families destitute.

The Ecuadorian province of Esmeraldas, in the north of that nation, was declared a state of emergency this Sunday due to persistent rains and floods that have caused extensive damage and the rescue and evacuation of hundreds of people.

Flooding of homes was reported in the sectors known as Carlos Concha, Tabiazo and Chinca. There were also landslides. Due to the flooding of the Teaone River, almost the entire neighborhood of Las 50 Casas, Sihabitad and the lower part of the Tolita 1 citadel were flooded.

President Lasso’s Response

President Lasso reported through his social networks that so far there have been 1,467 victims in the region.

The Ecuadorian president surveyed the floods from a helicopter overflight this Monday over the area affected by the floods in the province of Esmeraldas. He also joined the meeting of the Provincial Emergency Operations Committee to strategize support for the affected population.



Lasso stressed that they are meeting with the provincial and cantonal authorities to coordinate care actions for affected families, as well as the activation of collection centers to receive aid donations that will be coordinated by the Secretary of Risks. He specified that so far they have registered 1,467 people affected by the floods.



The President pointed out that “we must, together, guarantee safe and useful care given the conditions of the affected population.”



According to the information provided by the Ministry of Defense, up to now, there have been 1,143 rescue operations carried out by officials of the Armed Forces who are working in coordination with the Secretary of Risk, the Red Cross, the Prefecture of Esmeraldas, the National Police, among others. other institutions.



So far, 43 tactical vehicles, 31 administrative vehicles, five tactical rescue boats and two rescue helicopters have been activated.



Flooded houses, a sinkhole in the tracks and the overflow of several rivers were recorded this weekend due to the fall of a heavy downpour in the province of Esmeraldas.

In Esmeraldas, as a result of the downpour, a tree fell on the medium voltage lines that feed the water plant in San Mateo, due to which the electricity and drinking water service had to be suspended.


The Municipality of Quito opened nine solidarity collection points for the affected people.

In coordination with the Secretariat for Territorial Coordination and Citizen Participation, points were activated in the nine zonal administrations to help the victims of Esmeraldas. The reception of items can be made this Monday, June 5, 2023, from 08:00 to 16:30.

The Secretary of Social Inclusion, Belén Proaño, indicated that “we will receive donations in the zonal administrations, it is important to note that the authorities of the Cantonal COE, such as the Provincial of Esmeraldas, will inform the mayor Pabel Muñoz, what are the needs or requirements urgent.”


Floods in Esmeraldas, Ecuador. Image Credit: Official account of the Joint Command of the Armed Forces of Ecuador.


“We want to appeal to family and neighborhood organizations to deliver this aid, we are going to take care of collecting, distributing and assembling the kits and that they reach the people who need it most.”

What to donate?

Among the priorities are: Clothes for babies, girls and boys, adults, footwear, bedding (sheets and towels), toys. Non-perishable foods, rice, noodles, dry grains, canned (tuna, sardines), cooking oil, iodized salt, sugar or panela, and flour that are not expired and that can be consumed for the next six months.


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