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El Niño phenomenon weakens in Ecuador, but rains continue

Quito, Mar 22 (Prensa Latina) The National Committee that monitors El Niño phenomenon in Ecuador (Erfen) reported this climatic event has weakened today, although the rains and high temperatures will continue for another week.

In spite of this situation, the Committee pointed out that sea surface temperature anomalies tend to decrease, according to the weakening phase of El Niño.

However, it recommended the Government to maintain the orange alert that was decreed in September 2023.

The rainy season in Ecuador, known here as winter, has already left more than 132,000 people affected in several regions of the country, according to a balance of the Secretariat of Risk Management (SGR).

The SGR said that since January 29 to date, rainfall due to the El Niño weather phenomenon has caused six deaths and seven injuries, in addition to millions in material losses.

A total of 29,533 houses were damaged and 84 were totally destroyed, while 32.8 kilometers of roads were affected by floods and landslides.

The institution said that from January 29 to date, the rains generated by El Niño caused six deaths and seven injuries, in addition to millions of dollars in material losses.