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Death toll rises in Ecuador quake

  • Author:Memory
  • Source:www.diecastingpartsupplier.com
  • Release on :2016-04-21

Ecuador's president says rebuilding from Saturday'spowerful earthquake that killed at least 413 peoplewill cost billions of dollars.

Rafael Correa visited the northeastern town of Portoviejo Monday for a firsthand look at thedevastation caused by the 7.8 magnitudeearthquake. Portoviejo, along with the nearby citiesof Manta and Pedernales, were among the worstaffected, although damage was widespread throughout the country.

Three people were pulled out alive from the rubble of a shopping center in Manta after beingtrapped for 32 hours.

The quake, Ecuador's worst natural disaster in more than half a century, injured more than2,500 people and left thousands homeless. The death toll includes three Cuban doctors, aCatholic missionary nun from Northern Ireland, two Canadians and one U.S. national.

Thousands of soldiers and police have been deployed throughout Ecuador to provideemergency relief, including temporary shelters and food. In addition, scores of aid workersfrom dozens of nations, including Spain, Peru, Cuba, Bolivia and Venezuela, have arrived toassist in the relief efforts, and the United Nations said it is preparing to airlift tons ofemergency supplies.