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Ecuador earthquake death toll spikes to at least 235

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 01:06

After a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Pacific coast of Ecuador, family members search for the missing. One woman says, ''I need to find my baby.'' Gavino Garay reports.

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The death toll from Ecuador's biggest earthquake in decades keeps going up. It soared to well above 230 on Sunday and that number is expected to only rise. More than 15-hundred people are injured. In the city of Portoviejo near the Pacific coast, survivors are left homeless. The devastation is beginning to sink in. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SURVIVOR, VANESSA SANTOS SAYING: "I need to find my baby. It's been five hours since she disappeared. All they are telling me is that your family is buried. (REPORTER SAYS: YOUR FAMILY DIED) SANTOS RESPONDS: Yes, my sister, my brother-in-law, my cousin, and no one is doing anything." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED SURVIVOR SAYING: "It felt like it wasn't going to end. I don't know about my brother yet." Saturday's 7.8 magnitude earthquake is the deadliest to hit the Andean nation of 16 million in decades. It was felt as far away as the capital of Quito, where it c collapsed buildings and stirred panic. As daylight broke, Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa said the first priority is for rescuers to save those trapped beneath the rubble.

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Ecuador earthquake death toll spikes to at least 235

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 01:06