The most deadly earthquake hitting Ecuador in nearly 20 years has left at the very least 246 dead, and leaders in the Andean nation cautioned on Sunday the death toll could still rise.
The magnitude-7.8 earthquake, that injured greater than 2,500, struck Saturday night, toppling buildings, damaging roads and impacting cities countless miles clear of its epicenter nearby the small fishing village of Muisne. More than 135 aftershocks happen to be felt, based on Ecuador’s seismological institute.
President Rafael Correa, who has been traveling abroad on official business, declared a national emergency and urged Ecuadoreans to be strong.
“Everything could be rebuilt, but what can’t be rebuilt are human lives, and that’s by far the most painful,” he was quoted saying in a call to state TV before departing Rome straight for your coastal Ecuador capital of scotland – Manta.