Houses flood as local rivers overflow
At least seven houses have flooded as heavy rain pushed the Yanuncay River over its banks Saturday afternoon. According to emergency workers, the river was eight feet above flood level in the Barabón sector of western Cuenca. The Yanuncay and the Tomebamba Rivers also flooded within the city, overflowing parts of the linear parks on Primero de Mayo and Tres de Noviembre. Workers erected warning tape in several locations to restrict access. Meteorologist are predicting more rain this weekend but say it should taper off on Monday and Tuesday. They say that the dry season typically begins in early June.
Hundreds of Colombians vote today in Cuenca
Several hundred Colombian citizens are expected to vote today in Cuenca in Colombia’s presidential election. Two ballot boxes are set up at the Casa del Migrante on Calle Luis Cordero. There are an estimated 2,500
Colombians living in Cuenca, most of them registered refugees displaced during Colombia’s civil war in the 1980s and 1990s. Five candidates are vying for Colombia’s presidency with center-right candidate Iván Duque and leftist Gustavo Petro expected to face each other in the June runoff. To be eligible to vote, Colombians must be registered with the Colombian consulate in Guayaquil.
Ecuadorian advances in Giro d’Italia bike race
Ecuadorian cyclist Richard Carapaz finished second in Friday’s leg of the Giro d’Italia road race, advancing to fifth place overall. Carapaz’s run is the best showing ever in a major international bicycle race by an Ecuadorian. The race has two more legs to run, finishing on Sunday.
Health insurance requirement for foreigners under review
According to several officials, the government is reviewing provisions of Ecuador’s new immigration law that require foreigners to have health insurance when they enter the country. Minister of Tourism José Luis Egas says the requirement could be eliminated. “These were rules developed by the old government [of former president Rafael Correa] and are being questioned by the new government,” he said. “They understand that the rules place an unfair burden on some foreigners traveling and living in Ecuador.” Egas adds that the requirements have been delayed twice as the review process continues.