Written by Tharushan Fernando
19 Apr, 2016 | 7:55 pm
According to the government of Ecuador, the death toll of the 7.8 earthquake which on struck on Saturday has risen to at least 413.
As the search for survivors continues, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has said rebuilding the country will cost billions of dollars and may inflict a “huge” toll on the economy.
He said it was the biggest tragedy to hit Ecuador in the past seven decades. Some 2,500 people were injured.
Afraid of staying indoors, or with no home to go back to, families huddled in the streets, while police and soldiers patrolled in an effort to control looting.
Some survivors complained about lack of electricity and supplies, and aid had still not reached some areas.
The government has mobilized about 13,500 security personnel to the affected areas.
Nearly 400 rescue workers flew in from various Latin American neighbors, along with 83 specialists from Switzerland and Spain. The United States said it would dispatch a team of disaster experts, while Cuba was sending a team of doctors.
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