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DHA-GENEVA 93/0179
ECUADOR - TORRENTIAL RAINS, TREMOR AND LANDSLIDES IN NAMBIJA AREA
DHA GENEVA INFORMATION REPORT NO.1
11 MAY 1993

1. ON 9 MAY 1993, AT 1:30 PM, ONE DAY AFTER A SMALL EARTH TREMOR SHOOK THE MINING TOWN OF NAMBIJA IN THE PROVINCE OF ZAMORA CHINCHIPE, IN SOUTHEASTERN ECUADOR, SOME 500 KILOMETRES FROM QUITO, THE SETTLEMENT OF "LAS BRISAS" - COMPRISING AROUND 150 SHANTY HOUSING, AN ESTIMATED 300 PEOPLE - WERE REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN BURIED BY A GIGANTIC LANDSLIDE FORM "EL TIERRERO" MOUNTAIN.