Landslide in Ecuador kills 14

Workers clear landslide debris in the mining town of Pueblo Nuevo, Ecuador, on January 24, 2013.
At least 14 people have been killed after a landslide triggered by heavy rains struck a village in northern Ecuador, officials have said.

“There were 14 people killed in a landslide in [the town of] Tabete [in Esmeraldas province],” AFP reported the county’s civil defense as saying on Wednesday.

Reports said that the landslide occurred after the soil in the community was saturated by hours of continual heavy rains.

In January 2013, a landslide set off by mining and rains killed 10 and injured 18 others in the gold mining community of Pueblo Nuevo, located about 340 kilometers (about 210 miles) southeast of Quito, the capital city of Ecuador.

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