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Death toll in Ecuador’s earthquake exceeds 600 people - newspaper

April 23, 3:27 UTC+3 RIO DE JANEIRO
According to the newspaper, 130 people are missing and over 12,000 were injured in the disaster. It was earlier reported that 587 people were killed in the earthquake
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RIO DE JANEIRO, April 23. /TASS/. Death toll in Ecuador’s earthquake has risen to 602 people, El Comercio newspaper reported on Saturday.

According to the newspaper, 130 people are missing and over 12,000 were injured in the disaster. It was earlier reported that 587 people were killed in the earthquake.

The devastating earthquake hit Ecuador on April 16 with the epicenter in the city of Pedernales in the north-western province of Manabi. A Russian Emergencies Ministry’s plane delivered humanitarian aid to Ecuador on Friday. The 30-ton cargo included food, necessities, hygiene products, 10-seater tents and mobile power stations.

A total of 714 aftershocks were registered in Ecuador after a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the country on April 16, head of Ecuador’s Institute of Geophysics Mario Ruiz said on Saturday.

The most powerful aftershock was registered at 5.2 magnitude.

The strongest since 1979 earthquake hit Ecuador on April 16 with the epicenter in the city of Pedernales in the north-western province of Manabi. According to latest reports, at least 602 people were killed and almost 12,500 more injured in the natural disaster. Material damage for the country is estimated at billions of US dollars.

Several countries in the region, including Bolivia, Venezuela, Columbia, Cuba and Mexico, sent rescuers and humanitarian aid to Ecuador.

A Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Il-76 plane delivered humanitarian aid to Ecuador on Friday. The 30-ton cargo included food, necessities, hygiene products, 10-seater tents and mobile power stations.

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