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Death toll in a Ecuador's strongest earthquake in decades reaches 600 people

Death toll in a Ecuador's strongest earthquake in decades reaches 600 people

17-04-2016

Aid started to stream in Sunday to ranges crushed by Ecuador's most grounded tremor in decades and the loss of life kept on ascending as individuals left destitute dug in for one more night outside oblivious. 
Local authorities claimed that disaster took lives of no less than 246 individuals and harmed more than 2,500 along Ecuador's coast. Vice President Jorge Glas mentioned earlier that death toll will rise because large number of people remained unaccounted for, however he declined to say the exact number.  

The most affected by the earthquake were local communities of Manta, Portoviejo and Guayaquil, which happened to be located within few hundred kilometers from the epicenter of the disaster that struck not long after 12 am Saturday. 

In any case, the death toll appeared to be far more larger than is was originally predicted by local officials who rushed to villages and towns shortly after disaster.

In Pedernales, a small size town of 40,000 national guard set up a field mobile hospital in a stadium where some people decided to stay overnight until it's safe to return to their homes or in most cases to what's left after the biggest disaster in the recent history of this South American country.

President Rafael Correa, who was in Rome, Italy with the official visit when the accident occurred declared statewide emergency and publicly addressed to people of Ecuador asking them to stay calm.

More than 3,000 bundles of nourishment and almost 8,000 dozing units were being conveyed Sunday. Ecuador's partner, Venezuela, and neighboring country of Colombia, where the aftermath of an earthquake was also seen, arranged transports of compassionate guide. The European Union, Spain, Peru and Mexico likewise offered help. 


Rescuers searched through piles of debris in the common capital Portoviejo with their bare hands hoping to discover survivors. 

"For's the love of all that is pure and holy help me discover my family," praised Manuel Quijije, 27, standing right beside destroyed building. He said his brother and other relatives were in a building when the earthquake struck and he's hoping that they are still alive buried under tons of cement and construction blocks.

The rescue operation is set to continue searching for survivors. 

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