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Ecuador and Peru Devastated by Deadly 6.8 Magnitude Earthquake

Ecuador and Peru are currently in a state of shock and devastation after a deadly 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the region on Saturday. The quake hit the Guayas province in Ecuador’s coastal area at noon on Saturday, leaving at least 15 people dead and several hundred injured. The disaster has prompted Ecuadorian and Peruvian authorities to evaluate the aftermath, with the full extent of the damage still being assessed.

The earthquake, which lasted for approximately 20 seconds, was felt across the region, with many residents reporting feeling the tremors in other parts of the country and in border towns in northern Peru. The government has reported that 84 homes were destroyed, and 180 more have been impacted. Healthcare and educational facilities have also suffered significant damage, making it difficult for locals to access necessary services.

The Ecuadorian government has reported 12 fatalities in El Oro and two in Azuay, with over 440 injuries as of midnight on Saturday. The aftermath of the quake has brought the region to a standstill, with rescue and aid efforts underway to help those affected by the disaster.

The Risk Management Secretariat dispatched a team to Puna Island, close to the quake’s epicenter, to assess needs and offer humanitarian aid. However, given the scale of the disaster, more help is needed to address the immediate and long-term needs of those affected.

The earthquake is a stark reminder of the region’s vulnerability to natural disasters, with Ecuador and Peru being prone to earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. While the immediate focus is on rescue and recovery efforts, there is a need to ensure that disaster preparedness measures are in place to mitigate the impact of future natural disasters.

The aftermath of this natural disaster has brought the region together, with individuals, organizations, and governments coming together to support those affected. It is hoped that this spirit of solidarity will continue as the region works towards recovery and rebuilding.

Madiha Dakir

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