Ecuador earthquake death toll rises to at least 14, one dead in Peru
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – At least 14 people have died and more than 300 others have been injured following the 6.5 magnitude earthquake in western Ecuador, informs the press service of Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso .
“Fourteen dead, 381 injured,” the president’s press service said on Twitter on Saturday.
Earlier in the day, the Ecuadorian presidency said the death toll from the earthquake stood at 12, with 11 deaths recorded in El Oro province and one in Azuay province.
“So far, 12 deaths have been reported (11 in El Oro province and one in Azuay province),” the presidency said in a statement on Saturday.
A magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook western Ecuador on Saturday, with the quake’s epicenter located about 59 kilometers (37 miles) north of the town of Machala.
The earthquake also caused damage in northern Peru and resulted in the death of a child, reports broadcaster RPP (Radio Programas del Peru).
The four-year-old girl died on Saturday in the department of Tumbes, bordering Ecuador, following a roof collapse, RPP said citing local hospital officials.