The lack of prevention campaigns, evacuation plans, river dredging and completion of works to control flooding are some of the concerns of members of the Chamber of Agriculture of Zone II, who yesterday asked the Government to declare the state of emergency before the arrival of El Niño phenomenon.
Rafael Guerrero, president of the group that represents farmers of Guayas, Manabi, Los Rios, El Oro, Galapagos and Santa Elena, said they hope to meet with the authorities to “implement plans and give an outlet to the water.”
Nelly Plúas, representative of the agricultural centers, said they need cleaning of canals and rivers dredging. “The bridge that connects Daule with other counties has not yet been completed, and it must be ready, we will be cut off,” she said.
Manuel Macias, farmer from Ventanas (Los Rios province) ensures that rains this week have flooded the crops.