QUITO – Ecuador’s Risk Management Secretariat, or SGR, raised to 660 the number of people who died in the earthquake last April 16 along the country’s northern coast, while reporting that 33 people are still missing and that 22,421 are living in temporary shelters.
The latest SGR report notes that 30,073 people have been provided with healthcare, 4,605 of them for injuries, and 113 were rescued alive from among the demolished buildings.
Of the 560 schools hit by the quake, 166 have a degree of damage rated between “medium and extreme.”
The coastal province of Manabi was hit hardest by the magnitude-7.8 temblor, which also struck the neighboring province of Esmeraldas.
In Manabi alone, the SGR registered 646 fatalities and 26 missing persons.
The Ecuadorian government has declared a state of emergency in the provinces of Esmeraldas, Manabi, Guayas, Los Rios, Santa Elena and Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas, as well as a state of exception across all national territory.
The quake struck at 6:48 p.m. Saturday, April 16, and its epicenter was between the towns of Cojimies and Pedernales in northwestern Manabi.