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  • A Venezuelan rescue team poses for a photo as they prepare to board a plane to Ecuador to join rescue efforts after a massive earthquake, Sunday April 17, 2016.

    A Venezuelan rescue team poses for a photo as they prepare to board a plane to Ecuador to join rescue efforts after a massive earthquake, Sunday April 17, 2016. | Photo: teleSUR

Workers belong to the humanitarian group Simon Bolivar, this is the first international aid to reach Ecuador.
 

The government of Venezuela has sent to Ecuador a plane with more than 20 rescuers, following the 7.4 magnitude earthquake registered Saturday night, which has left at least 77 people killed and hundreds of injured. 

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The announcement was made by Carol Delgado, Venezuelan ambassador to Ecuador, she added that rescue workers belong to the humanitarian group Simon Bolivar. This will be the first international aid to reach the South American. 

“President Nicolas Maduro called me right after the quake shook Ecuador and gave me instructions to announce the entire solidarity from Venezuela with the Ecuadorian people,” Delgado said. 

President Rafael Correa, who is in Rome as part of an international trip, said on Sunday that Ecuadorians must remain united and confident that national authorities will properly address the contingency left by the earthquake, the strongest registered in 40 years in that country.

Correa also confirmed that two rescue teams from Colombia and Mexico are heading now to Ecuador to assist the works of national authorities.  

A state of exception was declared in the entire country and emergency has been declared in the six worst-hit provinces. The country’s Vice President Jorge Glas said police, the military and emergency services are in a state of maximum alert to protect the lives of citizens.

The Ecuadorian Civilian Space Agency issued a warning, saying that powerful aftershocks were possible for the next 24 hours.


 

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