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UN Provides Emergency Relief to Ecuadorian Flood Victims

The United Nations says it will provide emergency relief to Ecuadorian families affected by flooding and landslides.

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says it has allocated $80,000 in cash grants to buy food, medicine and sanitation supplies.

The office says the main challenges facing flood victims are poor quality improvised housing and a lack of basic services, such as safe drinking water and electricity. It also expressed concern about local officials who lack necessary food and other supplies to care for the needy.

The emergency relief will target 5,000 families considered highly vulnerable.

The U.N. says about 17,000 Ecuadorian families have directly or indirectly been affected by landslides and flooding. The natural disasters have killed nine people and destroyed the homes of 474 families.