A powerful earthquake in Ecuador which hit just off the Pacific coast on Saturday, damaging building and leaving a trail of destruction in Ecuador.
Ecuador’s President has disclosed that the death toll from the earthquake now stands at 272, up from the 77 previously reported on Sunday. Ecuador’s most populous city, Guayaquil was at the heart of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake as several buildings and bridges have collapsed.
Rescue efforts began on Sunday as a state of emergency was declared in six provinces in the country. With 1,500 people reported injured, President Rafael Correa said; “The immediate priority is to rescue people in the rubble”.
Rescue efforts have been made more complicated in some remote areas where only helicopters can reach. Ecuador has deployed over 14,000 policemen and armed guards as efforts continue to rescue people from beneath the rubble.