April 17, 2016 – Vice President of Ecuador, Jorge Glas, said that the recent tragedy in the country has resulted to the deaths of 77 people and injury of more than 500, and may continue to rise as more and more areas had not been reached yet. This has been one of the strongest earthquakes that the country experienced since 1979, which hit at 18:58 on Saturday near the northern town of Muisne.
Ecuador is located in the “Pacific Ring of Fire” where many volcanoes, including Chimborzo, are situated making it prone to these kind of calamities. The country incurred several damages including a destroyed bridge in Guayaquil, flattened buildings in Pedernales, smashed up airport tower in Mantra, devastated power connections, downed telecommunication devices, and cracked up streets. President Rafael Correa immediately decreed a state of emergency saying that this tragic incident is a painful test to the country and encouraged his fellow countrymen to be united and strong.
“Roads and hospitals can be rebuilt; you cannot recover lost lives. That’s what hurts the most,” added by the President. As of the moment, 10,000 troops and 3,500 police had been sent off to greatly damaged and affected sites. Leaders from different regions and countries have expressed solidarity with Ecuador, saying they’d be sending help and prayers to the country.