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Rainfalls, floods cause 42 deaths in Ecuador
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13:54, March 21, 2008

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The two-month long heavy rainfalls and consequent floods in Ecuador have killed 42 people while eight others were missing, said the Civil Defense on Thursday.

Some 12,372 families abandoned their houses due to the floods and 3,168 were lodged in temporary shelters throughout 13 provinces, said the Civil Defense, noting the floods have caused losses of over 82 million U.S. dollars in the agricultural sector.

Ecuadoran Interior Minister Gustavo Larrea said the heavy rainfalls have affected some 3.5 million Ecuadorans, almost one third of the country's total population.

Regions hit most by the disaster are such coastal provinces as Los Rios, Guayas, Manabi and El Oro as well as those Andean provinces of Cotopaxi, Canar, Chimborazo, Loja, Bolivar and Imbabura.

The Ecuadoran government announced on Thursday that it has allocated some 124 million dollars for repairing the infrastructure damaged in the disaster-hit regions.


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