QUITO — The loss of life from Ecuador’s devastating magnitude 7.8 quake has risen to 602 people, as as dozens of aftershocks shook cities and towns around the country, spooking residents but causing no further damage.
Last Saturday’s quake, the worst in nearly seven decades, injured 12,492 people and left 130 missing, emergency management authorities said in a bulletin.
Survivors were shaken again late on Thursday night when a powerful magnitude 6.0 quake struck off Ecuador’s coast around 100 kilometers north-north-west of Portoviejo and at a depth of 10 kilometers.
“When it started to shake last night we started to pray,” said Alex Bachon, 43, a construction worker repairing damage from the first quake at a hotel in Guayaquil.
“I have never seen anything like this, it’s been so bad.”
There were more than 70 aftershocks throughout Thursday night and Friday, the country’s geology institute reported.
There have been a total of 700 aftershocks since last Saturday’s quake.
The tremors will continue for several weeks, emergency management official Ricardo Penaherrera warned on Friday, and he called on Ecuadoreans to stay calm.
Survivors in the quake zone were receiving food, water and medicine from the Government and scores of foreign aid workers, though President Rafael Correa acknowledged that bad roads delayed aid to some communities.
With close to 7,000 buildings destroyed, more than 26,000 people were living in shelters. Some 14,000 security personnel were keeping order in quake-hit area, with only sporadic looting reported.
Officials say 113 survivors have been rescued from the rubble but hopes of finding more are slim.Follow @gorkhapost
1 killed, 2 injured in Dhading truck mishap
DHADING — One person was killed while two other seriously injured when a truck fell from Hugdi Khola Bridge in Rorang-10, Benighat along the Prithvi Highway on Wednesday.
The truck (Na 5 Kha 1568) en-route to Chitwan from Kathmandu fell off the bridge to Hugdi Khola (river) on Wednesday afternoon.
The deceased has been identified as 23-year-old Sher Bahadur Magar,23, of Madhya Bindu Municipality-10, according to police. Magar died on the course of treatment at a Malekhu-based hospital, informed Area Police Office, Gajuri.
Those injured in the incident are Manoj Ale 25, of Arunkhola, Nawalparasi and Megh Bahadur Gharti of Sitakganga Municipality in Arghakhanchi district have been sent to Kathmandu for further medical treatment.Follow @gorkhapost