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Death toll rises to 272 after 7.8 quake hits Ecuador

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QUITO — The loss of life from the deadly earth quake in Ecuador has ascended to 272 however will rise further, President Rafael Correa said as he visited the debacle zone.

“Ecuador has been hit tremendously hard … This is the greatest tragedy in the last 67 years,” said a shaken Mr Correa, who rushed back to Ecuador from a visit to Italy.

“There are signs of life in much of the rubble and that is the priority,” he added in a televised address to the nation.

Rescuers were racing to dig out people trapped under the rubble of homes and businesses following the powerful magnitude-7.8 earthquake.

The quake reduced buildings to ruins, toppled power lines and sent terrified residents running from their homes when it struck the Pacific coast on Saturday in a zone popular with tourists.

Vice-President Jorge Glas called it the “worst seismic movement we have faced in decades”.

Officials quickly declared a state of emergency in the six worst-hit provinces.

The quake, felt across Ecuador, northern Peru and southern Colombia, struck at 6:58pm local time on Saturday, lasted for about a minute, and was centred approximately 170 kilometres north-west of the capital Quito.

No casualties were reported in Peru or Colombia.

Among the worst-hit towns was Pedernales, where about 40 hotels collapsed.

“Pedernales is devastated. Buildings have fallen down, especially hotels where there are lots of tourists staying. There are lots of dead bodies,” mayor Gabriel Alcivar told local media.

“We need help. We need medicine, water and food to help people.”

About 200 aftershocks of lesser intensity followed the quake.

“You could hear people screaming from the rubble,” Agustin Robles said as he waited in a line of 40 people for water outside a stadium in Pedernales.

“There was a pharmacy where people were stuck and we couldn’t do anything.”

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Bouddha registers nine rape cases in four months

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KATHMANDU— A total of nine cases of rape were registered in four months at Kathmandu Metropolitan Police Circle Bouddha.
The rape cases were registered from mid-July to mid-November 2018.

Deputy Superintendent of Police at Metropolitan Police Circle Bouddha, Narendra Chand shared that the police registered cases against 15 people on the charge of their involvement in rape cases.

An eight-year-old girl to a 67-year-old woman, among others, have filed cases against rape.

Police had arrested and filed case against seven persons on the charge of raping a 12-year girl in a room on the premises of Cricket Ground in Mulpani on November 7.

However, an accused is still at large. The arrested are Bikhasu Tharu, 28, Naresh Kushma, 21, Rajkumar Tharu, 22, Rabin Itani, 21, Rajesh Tharu, 16, Hari Kumal, 19, and Dilliram Tharu, 34.

Likewise, police had arrested Rakesh Shrestha, 40, of Kathmandu Gokarneswor Municipality-6 for raping 8 and 9 years girls on July 26.

According to the data provided by Bouddha police, Hari Timilsina, 49, of Shankharapur Municipality was arrested for raping a 15-year girl and a case was filed against him.

Similarly, a case was registered against Dal Bahadur Shahi, 47, of Shankharapur Municipality on charge of raping a 63-year-old woman.

35-year old Shanbhu Giri of Silugadhi of India was held for raping an 11-year old girl from Kavre.

Among other arrested on the rape charge are Dawa Tamang, 24 of Solukhumbu Dudhkunda Municiplaity-6, Rajan Mandal, 22, of Biratnagar, Madan Pariyar, 39, of Jhapa Gauradaha and Kabi Shrestha, 31, of Dolakha Bhimeswor Municiplaity-8.

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