"We are not sure how many people might be apparently buried. We are working with the fire brigade... The area is very dangerous," Chimborazo Governor Ivan Vinueza said, adding that some ten people had been rescued so far.
According to data published by the Adverse Events Monitoring Department on Monday, the avalanche left 16 dead, 7 people missing, 500 citizens affected, and 163 homes destroyed.
The landslide mainly affected the Nuevo Alausi neighborhood, where the authorities proceeded to evacuate the inhabitants with the support of firefighters and the military.