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Ecuador landslide destroys pipeline; flood toll rises to 23 lives

Ecuador landslide destroys pipeline; flood toll rises to 23 lives

Ecuador's state oil company shut down two major ducts Thursday after a landslide triggered by flooding destroyed a section of oil pipeline.
Petroecuador said in a statement that it immediately shut down its major oil pipeline and a second duct that transports oil derivatives.
The statement did not specify whether there were any spills.
Floods killed seven people the previous night, bringing the toll to 23 since the downpours began in mid-January, the Civil Defense office said in an e-mailed statement. Some 9,000 people have been forced to flee their homes and hundreds of thousands have seen their property damaged.
Recovery from the growing disaster is expected to cost more than US$1 billion (euro660 million), Security Minister Gustavo Larrea told the La Hora newspaper, saying the government is preparing plans to dredge rivers, build new levees and roads and extend long-term, low-interest loans to victims
Heavy rains have also battered neighboring Peru this year, killing 16 people so far and driving about 1,700 from their homes, according to a Civil Defense report.
Flooding also struck the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires, where cars were half-submerged in water on Thursday and subway service was suspended on some lines.


Updated : 2021-08-03 02:16 GMT+08:00