Officials fear the death toll could continue to rise from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake, which struck Ecuador’s northwest coast late Saturday.
“Many people remain buried under the rubble,” according to Ecuadorian Red Cross spokesman Diego Castellanos who says the death toll is likely to rise.
“I cannot say by how much [the death toll] will increase but I am afraid it will,” Castellanos told VOA by telephone from the capital, Quito.
More than 2,500 people were injured when the 7.8-magnitude quake struck Ecuador’s northwest coast late Saturday. READ MORE OF THIS STORY