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Floods in Ecuador cause food insecurity

WFP in collaboration with the Ecuadoran Government will provide food rations to help 5,000 families affected by recent heavy flooding along parts of Ecuador’s coast.

WFP in collaboration with the Ecuadoran Government will provide food rations to help 5,000 families affected by recent heavy flooding along parts of Ecuador’s coast.

Torrential rains at the weekend drove thousands of families from their homes in the provinces of Manabí, Los Ríos, El Oro y Guaya into temporary shelters.

Disease fears

Authorities say up to 25,000 people are facing food insecurity and lack drinking water after two months of downpours.

The WFP-distributed ration packs, which include two bags of rice, one bag of lentils, oil, sugar and tuna, are intended to last a family of five for fifteen days.

One of the greatest concerns at the moment is for public health. Stagnant waters could lead to outbreaks of tropical diseases such as dengue fever, as well as respiratory diseases.