The bus slows down, the doors open, and the bus driver wishes me “Buena Suerte” (good luck) as I jump off the bus into a calf-deep river pretending to be my main street. Ecuador has been experiencing devastating rainfalls and floods all over the country. People are paddling through the streets. Many have lost their houses. Crops have drowned, and staple produce items have more than doubled in price. In Cuenca, in two hours, the rainfall was equivalent to the total of last year. A few blocks from my house, two people drowned in their houses because the water climbed so high.
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