At least four people died after an avalanche surprised them when they climbed the snowy Chimborazo, the highest in the Andes EcuadorThis Sunday, ECU-911 Integrated Security Service reported.
“At the moment, it is confirmed that there are four dead, one wounded.”, ECU-911 stated in a message on social networks after noting that search and rescue efforts were continuing in the area of the event.
In addition, he reported that he has Coordinating the assistance of specialized personnel of the armed forces to cooperate with research missions.
He pointed out that members of the Quito Fire Department They moved into place, where a unified command center (PMU) was established between the different entities involved in the rescue.
The source pointed out that The group of tourists was affected by adverse weather conditions in the Chimborazo region (with a height of 6,268 meters), it is the highest mountain in the country, located in the Andes province of the same name, where numerous snow-capped mountains and massifs meet of great attraction for climbers and visitors.
According to ECU-911, the set of About 12 people who climbed Chimborazo this morning and were at an altitude of about 6,100 meters were amazed by the avalanche.
crew Police Special Operations Group The region’s fire department was the first to go to the area to rescue the tourists and had the support of guards from the Ministry of Environment and a helicopter from the Police Air Service.
At the same time, ECU-911 reported that members of the Egyptian Government of Police and Fire Department are working to rescueAnother group of 20 tourists showed symptoms of hypothermia, while climbing mountains in the snowy neighbor the altar, 5319 meters above sea level and located in the same province.
That group in which no deaths were reported, He was taken to a nearby farm to undergo medical examinations by employees of the Ministry of Public HealthECU-911 added in its statement.
(With information from AFP)