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Update: Ecuador earthquake death toll rises to 233

Source: BBC

At least 233 people have been confirmed dead after Ecuador was hit by its most powerful earthquake in decades.



Some 10,000 troops and 3,500 police are being deployed in the affected areas, as rescue operations got under way.




The magnitude-7.8 quake struck early on Saturday evening and was felt as far away as neighbouring Colombia.



Coastal areas in the north-west were closest to the epicentre and officials say the death toll is likely to rise further.

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa gave the latest death toll on this twitter feed while flying back from a visit to Italy he cut short to deal with the disaster.



He has declared a state of emergency and earlier called on his country to be “calm and united”.


2 Responses to Update: Ecuador earthquake death toll rises to 233

  1. Rose Joie
    Rose Joie April 17, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    To our Ecuadorean friends at University of The West Indies -Cave Hill Campusl, I hope that you and your families have not suffered any lost. Prayers for your country.

  2. Leandra Kiyoko Wallie
    Leandra Kiyoko Wallie April 17, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    this is very sad


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