Earthquake Kills At Least 12 In Ecuador

At least 12 people were killed, one was wounded and buildings were damaged in the earthquake that shook Peru and Ecuador earlier Saturday, Ecuador’s presidency said.

“So far, 12 deaths are reported (11 in the province of El Oro and one in the province of Azuay),” the presidency said in a tweet.

Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso told reporters the earthquake had “without a doubt … generated alarm in the population”.

His office said that “all the ministries are activated and have sufficient economic resources to immediately repair earthquake damage”. It added that 11 of the victims died in the coastal state of El Oro and two in the highlands state of Azuay.

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