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Landslide hits Ecuador pipeline
Homes stand flooded in Guayas province, Ecuador, on 28 February
The floods have made thousands of people homeless
A landslide has cut off Ecuador's main export oil pipeline but the state oil firm Petroecuador says it will try to use other routes.

The Sote pipeline, which can move 400,000 barrels of oil per day from the Amazon jungle to the Pacific Ocean, stopped pumping on Thursday afternoon.

It pumps almost all oil extracted by Petroecuador in the jungle.

The company's president said that pumping would resume either through a bypass or a private pipeline.

"We are not going to call force majeure," Fernando Zurita told Reuters news agency, after initially announcing the company would suspend exports.

Flooding and landslides killed seven people in Ecuador on Wednesday night, bringing the toll to 23 since downpours began in mid-January, state emergency officials said.

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