QUITO – The death toll from last weekend’s major earthquake in Ecuador has risen to 587, with 8,340 people injured, the government said Friday.
The figure for the injured is based on the number of people provided with medical services since last Saturday, when the magnitude-7.8 temblor shook the Ecuador’s northern Pacific coast.
Emergency workers have rescued 113 people alive, while 153 are still missing and 25,376 are staying in shelters.
After first focusing on rescuing survivors and recovering bodies, the workers are now making efforts to restore basic services in order to improve the living conditions of those affected.
Officials said the nation’s hydroelectric plants were not damaged by the quake and that electricity has been restored to many of the affected areas.
The province of Manabi currently has 79 percent of its electricity service operational and concentrated in the urban areas of Manta, Portoviejo, Bolivar, Pichincha, Santa Ana, Sucre, Puerto Lopez, Jaramijo, El Carmen, Montecristi, San Vicente, Calceta, Tosagua, Chone, Rocafuerte and Jipijapa, according to the latest bulletin
In the provinces of Los Rios and Santo Domingo, 95 percent of power has been reestablished, while in Esmeraldas, “with more than 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) of medium and low voltage grids damaged,” it is more than 98 percent operational, it says.
Restoring telecommunications services is also progressing in the affected areas.