Authorities in Quito the capital city of Ecuador have said that massive flood accompanied with landslide claimed the lives of 11 people on Monday.
It was reported that the floods were caused by heavy rains on the slopes of the Pichincha volcano, which overtook. the city.
According to local authorities in a statement, 75 litres of rain per square metre fell in the La Gasca sector, the highest since 2003.
Weather forecasts had predicted just 2 litres per square meter.
The torrential downpour also caused a water collection structure to overflow, sending a deadly stream down a nearby hillside onto a sports ground where several people were practising, authorities said at a virtual news conference.
The city authorities said that residents in affected areas had been moved to eight emergency shelters.
Meanwhile, the National Police of Ecuador said they dispatched both Special Operations Group and an Intervention and Rescue Group to assist with recovery efforts, the minister of interior tweeted.
Search and rescue efforts were still ongoing early on Tuesday.
Heavy rains have hit 22 of Ecuador’s 24 provinces since October, leaving at least 18 dead and 24 injured, according to the National Risk Management Service.
Scientists have said climate change is intensifying the risk of heavy rains around the world, with the warmer atmosphere holding more water.