President Guillermo Lasso tasked the governor of Guayas to coordinate with all government levels to ensure the delivery of any and all aid needed to mitigate the impact of the flooding.
Through social networks, however, citizens denounced Lasso's incompetence to manage natural disasters. They also harshly criticized the Guayaquil Mayor Cinthya Viteri, a conservative politician.
"Guayaquil is flooded. The criminals do what they want. There are no public procurement processes to equip the police. The roads are destroyed and the bridges down... meanwhile, Mister Lasso travels to the Ibero-American Summit," journalist Cesar Bermeo recalled.