Several homes in the mining town of Zaruma, in southern Ecuador and very close to the border with Peru, were swallowed up on Wednesday, December 15 by a gigantic sinkhole, reported the National Service for Risk and Emergency Management (Sngre).
In videos that circulate on social networks, it is appreciated how a huge sinkhole opened in front of several houses located in the heart of Zaruma. Even in another take the collapse of a three-story building is observed, in the middle of screams.
On the night of Wednesday, December 15, a sinkhole was registered in the urban area of the city of Zaruma, province of El Oro, which dragged two houses. One of them, considered patrimonial, fell rapidly, according to the local newspaper El Universo.
“A few minutes before we heard a roar, as if it were an explosion of dynamite, They immediately alerted us that the two houses collapsed. My house is located about 20 meters from ground zero, ”said Mauricio Carrión, owner of a property in the sector.
At least 300 people have already been evacuated and at the moment no victims are reported, since the inhabitants of the affected houses were evacuated on time.
Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso spoke shortly after the event, which occurred around 7.25 pm, to order that “timely attention be provided to the affected families.”
After what happened, the governor of El Oro, Francisco Vera, resigned, and this Thursday, December 16, the Ministry of Government appointed the economist Fulton Serrano Gallardo as the new authority of the province.