In the statement made on the Ecuadorian Presidency website regarding the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that occurred 6 kilometers northeast of the city of Balao, it was stated that the number of injured had increased to 494.
Ecuador Risk Management Secretariat announced that 96 houses were completely destroyed and 325 houses were damaged after the earthquake, and the number of people affected by the earthquake exceeded 1500.
In the earthquake that occurred on March 18, 14 people lost their lives.
The earthquake was also felt in neighboring Peru, where a 4-year-old girl died and 73 people were injured in the city of Tumbes.
Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso, in his address to the nation on March 20, announced that a state of emergency was declared across the country for a more effective fight in the earthquake-affected areas.