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Heavy rains pollute beaches, trigger landslides on the first day of Carnaval

Hundreds of holiday swimmers were forced out of the water Monday in Salinas as a torrent of foul-smelling water poured into the ocean, the result of heavy rains that fell over much of the country on the first day of Carnaval. The rains triggered landslides west of Cuenca and Quito, forcing road crews to work through the night Monday to prepare for the heavy traffic expected on Tuesday.

Brackish water flows into the ocean Monday in Salinas after the city cut a canal to release water that had accumulated inland.

According to the National Meteorology Institute (Inamhi), the rainfall covered most of the country from the sierra to the coast, with Guayas, Santa Elena and El Oro Provinces being the hardest hit. “We have received record 24-hour rainfall in parts of Guayaquil, Machala and Esmeraldas and expect more rain on Tuesday,” Inamhi said Monday night.

The Salinas ocean pollution was the result of a city decision to drain an overflowing retention pond two blocks from the beach. “The water was flooding streets and homes and we were forced to cut a canal to the ocean to release it,” the city maintenance office said. A claim by beachgoers that the drained water contained raw sewage was denied by the city. “It was brackish and smelled bad but there was no sewage,” a city spokesman said. “The sewer system was not affected by the release.”

Beach contamination has been a frequent problem during heavy rains at several popular beaches in recent years, particularly at Montanita, 60 kilometers north of Salinas.

In addition to Salinas, Ecuador’s risk management office reported extensive flooding damage in Guayaquil, where cars and homes were inundated by rains that measured as much as 18 centimeters Sunday night and Monday morning.

The highways connecting Quito and Cuenca to the coast were temporarily blocked by landslides Monday morning, with the Quito-to-Santo Domingo passage still closed early Tuesday. The transit commission said it had crews working around the clock in several locations in the sierra to have roads open on Tuesday as hundreds of thousands of holiday travelers head home.

15 thoughts on “Heavy rains pollute beaches, trigger landslides on the first day of Carnaval

    1. Chill out! It’s winter season in Ecuador. IT RAINS IN ECUADOR DURING WINTER. No need to jump off the ledge yet. According to your liberal buddies, we still have about 12 years left.

      1. Oh, so this is normal for the rainy season? That they have to cut a channel from a retention pond to the ocean? I never heard such a story before, have you? Nor that the glaciers have melted at unprecidented rates ( not jumping off the deep end, just referring to satellite photos).

        My “liberal buddies” AKA scientists’ data shows the melt is happening faster than predicted. Acbig, hope you know how to swim. Bring your swimmies just in case. Oh, and your magic wand. You are living in a fairy tale.

      2. Actually it’s summer season in Ecuador right now. As most of Ecuador is in the southern hemisphere, June to September is considered to be winter, and winter is generally the dry season in warm climates. Spring, summer, and fall are generally the “wet seasons” while winter is the dry (with the exception of the first month of fall being dry). With all that said, I agree with the rest of your post. 🙂

        1. Jaja. I guess it depends on who you ask. Here is a passage from an article with the website below:
          “There are only two seasons that Ecuador experiences – Summer extends from June to September and is the dry season; Winter goes from October through May and usually brings with it warmer temperatures, rain showers, and higher humidity.

          Not for nothing, but I live in northwest Ecuador and if you ask anyone here, they will tell you it is “invierno”. Jaja. So I guess it is about who you ask. Hey, it’s Ecuador.

            1. Lol. When you get an answer to that question, let me know. They delete about 50% of my posts (no swear words, just opinions like everyone else)

        2. Acbig is right. Winter (invierno) is a rainy period – nothing to do with the hemisphere. Summer (verano) is the dry period. There are months when chances for invierno/verano are greater than in other months. The difference between summer and winter in Ecuador has little to do with the temperature other than it’s cooler when it rains.

    2. Haven’t you read that “global warming” didn’t work out for politicians, now they call it “climate change”? And guess what? The climate always has been changing.

    3. There is a cycle in the weather pattern. The weather is warming for some years than it’s cooling. After that it’s warming again and than it is cooling again. This weather warming / cooling cycle has been going on for thousands of years, nothing new here.

      500 Prominent Scientists Warn U.N.: ‘There Is No Climate Emergency’. A group of scientists and professionals in climate and related fields sent a letter to the United Nations on Sept. 23 declaring that “there is no climate emergency.”

      Ship with Climate Change Warriors caught in ice. The ship is on Arctic tour with Global Warming documentary film team concerned with melting Arctic ice. All 16 Climate Change warriors were evacuated by helicopter.

      No weather warming in USA since least 2005

      You must watch this video… only 3 minutes and 44 seconds. Carbon dioxide is only 0.04% of the atmosphere. The higher the CO2 levels the more plant growth you get, the healthier the planet is. Don’t you remember learning about photosynthesis in high school?
      Plants make CO2 or there would be no life on this planet. CO2 is vital for life! /BC1l4geSTP8

      If this doesn’t come up, just Google, “The Rice Video- CO2 in Perspective”. In every 84,800 molecules of the air we breathe there are only 33 molecules of CO2. It is estimated 32 of them are nature made, and only 1 of them manmade. So, we have 1 molecule out of 84,800 the liberals claim is killing us. Higher CO2 levels make for a greener, healthier planet. The more CO2, the more photosynthesis in plants, and a greener, lusher, happier planet.

      1. Isn’t it wonderful that these folks have their own alternate universe websites that push the anti-science agenda? Never mind that the sites are quasi-literate and ignore the fundamental laws of science and nature, they provide hours of amusement for the online munchkins.

    1. Yes,gringos cause sunspot activity, your tax money at work.😯 most undereducated quack mainstream climatologists would agree.

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