Ecuador: INOCAR believes El Niño will peak in mid-February

Posted on January 16, 2016 • Filed under: Ecuador, Ecuador Travel, Weather/Climate

El Niño continues with a magnitude between strong and moderate, according to authorities. Chance of above normal rainfall in the north, internally and center of the country, as Esmeraldas, Manabi, the Gulf of Guayaquil and other coastal areas in the island region are estimated. And for the rest of the coastal region around its normal rains are expected values. This prediction gave yesterday Proaño Commander Humberto Gomez, director of the Oceanographic Institute of the Navy (INOCAR) and the National Committee for the Regional Study of El Niño (Erfen) at the end of the fortnight and the first meeting of the year Erfen. The current event has generated high temperatures at sea and in the air, and sea level rise, but has not generated higher rainfall than normal, Proaño said Gomez.
“El Niño has its own character. He has broken many recipes to be had from previous Child (…). This boy has many differences with 97-98, 82-83, and over 2015 have seen many other factors that differentiate. In our region, the behavior is different. ”

The highest peak of El Niño would occur in mid-February, Proaño said Gomez.

Mario Hurtado, oceanographer and fisheries researcher at the National Fisheries Institute, said there are abundant species in these moments, like gold and shrimp, while others have declined, such as tuna, swordfish, small pelagic fish and hake.

In Santo Domingo, the rains that have occurred since last Wednesday have generated traffic emergencies in rural areas. Thus, the prefecture attended three overflowing rivers that solitary confinement to enclosures.

In the complex Pisotanti in Alluriquín parish, the river of the same name covered Tuesday night and early Wednesday straddle a speed bump. The residents called the Prefecture for the pipes of the viaduct, which were capped by dragging sticks, stones and earth clean.

Similar reports were in other parishes as Santa Maria del Toachi, where 70 farms were flooded by the collapse of a bridge over the river Guaija.

Geovanny Benitez prefect ordered a budget of $ 2,000,000 to respond to emergencies in the winter. It is expected that rainfall in Santo Domingo and La Concordia continue in these days, since according to a report Inamhi these have increased by up to 143%. (I)

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