Firefighters, police, and specialized rescue teams have been dispatched to Ecuador's canton of Alausí, in the Andes mountains, to search for trapped residents.

Iran PressAmerica: A landslide has buried entire families under mud and rubble in a mountain village in Ecuador.

Six people have been pulled alive from the mud but many more are feared buried under the rubble of their houses.

It is not yet clear how many people may still be missing.

Local media said that residents had been warning of fault lines forming in the area. Just days ago, the highway linking Alausí with Guamote was closed indefinitely after the tarmac had cracked open.


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