Ecuador declares emergency in eastern province for flooding

14:00, April 09, 2010      

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Ecuadorian Vice President Lenin Moreno declared on Thursday a state of emergency in the eastern province of Napo which is hard hit by heavy rains.

"This is a government sensitive to these situations and it will give all the necessary resources ... we will immediately solve the problems with different ministries involved in the rehabilitation works in that zone," Moreno said.

Napo is one of the provinces hardest hit by floods in the rainy season. Some 1,200 families have been affected and at least two people have died.

Heavy rains have caused the Upano River and other rivers in Tena and Misahualli to overflow, destroying some houses including two tourist centers and flooding 13 districts, according to local reports.

Moreno said the government would not scrimp on any human, technical or economic resources to assist the province. But he said due to the bad weather conditions, the delivery of food, medicine and water filters was suspended for the time being.

Meanwhile, National Secretary of Risk Management Maria del Pilar Cornejo said more than 800 rations of food had been sent to the affected families and drinking water had been purchased for those most needed regions.

Cornjeo said the Non-Renewable Natural Resources Ministry would restore electricity service during this weekend.

Napo's Governor Sergio Sacoto said the emergency decree in the province would help allocate resources more efficiently and build infrastructure to avoid bigger risks.



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