Ecuador earthquake death toll rises

2016-04-18 19:00
The sun sets in one of Ecuador's worst-hit towns, Pedernales, a day after a 7.8-magnitude quake hit the country. (Rodrigo Buenda, AFP)

The sun sets in one of Ecuador's worst-hit towns, Pedernales, a day after a 7.8-magnitude quake hit the country. (Rodrigo Buenda, AFP)

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Quito - Ecuador's government Monday raised the death toll from the powerful earthquake that struck the country's Pacific coast to about 350, updating an earlier count of 272.

"Sadly we have to inform you that there are about 350 people killed.

"The number of people injured has also risen" from an earlier toll of 2 068, Security Minister Cesar Navas said on television.

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