Ecuador earthquake: 272 dead
The death toll from Ecuador’s biggest earthquake in decades soared to 272 on Sunday as survivors cobbled together makeshift coffins to bury loved ones, lined up for water and sought shelter beside the rubble of their shattered homes.
The toll from the earthquake in Ecuador now stands at 272 but will rise further, President Rafael Correa said on Sunday as he visited the disaster zone.“The number will certainly rise and probably in a considerable way,” he said.
The 7.8-magnitude quake struck off the Pacific coast on Saturday and was felt around the Andean nation of 16 million people, causing panic as far away as the highland capital Quito and destroying buildings, bridges and roads.President Rafael Correa rushed home from a trip to Italy to supervise the emergency. “The immediate priority is to rescue people in the rubble,” he said on Twitter.