Saturday, March 24, 2012

Flooding in Ecuador '12

Ecuador is a small country that is right at the equator and west of Brazil.

I lived in the city of Guayaquil  for roughly 7 years with my family, and today after reading a headline about serious flooding, I had memories of me navigating through flooding roads in 1998.  The flood I saw caught me by surprise, I promised myself that I would find a way to track the weather so that myself and my family would not be caught unprepared for strong storms.  Now fourteen years later, I read a storm from a online weather new source, the exact area I used to live in and other parts of Ecuador is seeing terrible life threatening weather and the news is reporting about twenty people have died.   However I learned that this part of the country does see regular flooding, just that it was worsened by the effects of El Niño and La Niña.

Here is a video from another area in Ecuador, this is a small town far from the major cities.


  1. Thats a real shame...Many of those people didn't have much to begin with..

    I'm surprised that since flooding is fairly common in that region ..more of the homes aren't elevated.

  2. That is exactly the problem, they are poor and between not having economic means to make a storm ready home, they also lack the communication of incoming storms. When I lived there, they rarely spoke about the weather on the news and that was living near a large city.


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