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Flood in Ecuador on Tuesday, 27 March, 2012 at 03:28 (03:28 AM) UTC.

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Torrential rains in Ecuador have claimed the lives of 30, affected as many as 84,000 people and caused the evacuation of 4,700 others so far this year, according to official figures released on Monday. According to a report by Ecuador's National Secretary for Risk Management, the downpours have additionally lead to the loss of 34,000 hectares of crops. The biggest losses to agriculture have been sustained by six coastal provinces, including Guayas and Los Rios, where officials have declared a state of emergency due to the floods caused by seasonal rains, said Minister for Coordination of Production Santiago Leon. Officials have been taking a regional census every 15 days to assess the damage in the six most heavily hit provinces, including El Oro, Manabi, Esmeraldas and Loja, Leon said. Once the rains abate, the government will begin distributing aid to farmers that have lost crops, he added. The aid packages "include seeds, fertilizers and what's needed to begin planting again," Leon told reporters after touring flood-ravaged areas of Guayas, in southwest Ecuador. The government has also offered to refinance the debts of some 1,700 farmers with the National Development Bank. According to Ecuador's National Meteorological Institute (Inamhi), this year's rainy season will last through April. The rains have also destroyed more than a hundred homes, and caused landslides and mudslides. The most recent one occurred on Monday in the region of Pujili, in the Andean province of Cotopaxi, killing two, injuring 10, and leaving 100 homeless, local media reported.

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