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New quake strikes Ecuador as people beg for food
April 23, 2016
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QUITO: A magnitude 6.0 aftershock struck near the coast of Ecuador on Thursday, as the country struggled to recover from a devastating quake that killed almost 600 people, US experts said.

The tremor hit at 10:03 pm (0303 GMT Friday) some 20 miles (33 kilometres) north-north-wast of Bahia de Caraquez and 36 miles north-north-west of Tosagua, the US Geological Survey said.

AFP reporters in the region felt some shaking but there were no reports of casualties or damage. No tsunami warning was issued.

It was one of numerous aftershocks following Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude quake, the worst to hit the South American country in nearly four decades.

The official death toll from that quake rose to 587 on Thursday, with 5,733 injured. Scores of people are still missing.

President Rafael Correa said on Twitter that three aftershocks were registered on Thursday night, adding “have strength!” Saturday’s deadly quake was a massive 7.8 magnitude.

“We’re trying to survive. We need food,” said Galo Garcia, a 65-year-old lawyer as he waited in line for water from a truck in beachside village of San Jacinto. “There’s nothing in the shops. We’re eating the vegetables we grow.”

A crowd nearby chanted, “We want food.” On streets near Pedernales, one of the worst-hit towns, children from rural areas held signs begging for food.

Many people left villages to seek help, and those who stayed behind felt the pinch.

“All of us here have been marginalised. The others are receiving things, but we’re not,” said Darwin Gachila, 33, as he cradled his baby daughter, flanked by his wife and two other children in the small village of Cojimies.


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