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DHA-GENEVA 93/0103
ECUADOR - RAINS/LANDSLIDES
DHA-GENEVA SITUATION REPORT NO. 1
1 APRIL 1993

SITUATION AND IMPACT

1. UN RESIDENT COORDINATOR REPORTS SEVERE LANDSLIDES FOLLOWING HEAVY RAINS IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF ECUADOR NEAR THE CITY OF CUENCA AND PAUTE RIVER.

RAINS AND MUD HAVE CREATED AN ARTIFICIAL WALL OF 30 MILLION M3 OF STONE AND MUD BLOCKING THE RIVER AND AFFECTING THE TURBINES OF A MAJOR ELECTRICITY PLANT SUPPLYING A LARGE PART OF THE COUNTRY. 30,000 - 40,000 PEOPLE ARE ESTIMATED TO BE AFFECTED AND EVACUATION HAS BEGUN.