Ecuador earthquake toll touches 350; over 1,500 injured

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Quito, April 18: The death toll in the devastating earthquake that hit Ecuador on Saturday (April 17) has crossed 350, the South American country's security minister said on Monday. [Ecuador quake: Football tournament scrapped]

The country was struggling to come with terms with the aftermath of a devastating quake measuring 7.8 on Richter Scale while aides were pouring in from various parts of the world to help the devastated country regather its life.

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More than 1,500 people were injured in the quake.

Houses were damaged while power supply was disrupted as a result of the quake in the city of Guayaquil. Emergency was declared in six provinces---Guayas, Manabi, Santo Domingo, Los Rios, Esmeraldas and Galapagos.

No reports of damage were received from Quito, 173 kilometres from the quake epicentre.

Pope Francis, in a prayer on Sunday, appealed to the people to pray for those affected by the earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan.

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