Ecuadorean President visits quake-struck region, international aid rushing in

A heartfelt embrace.
A wipe of tear and sweat.
President Rafael Correa saw the pain and loss of the victims in Portoviejo, provincial capital of Manabi, on April 18.

The magnitude-7.8 earthquake jolted Ecuador two day ago, claiming over 410 lives so far.

Rescuers intensified efforts to salvage people and find bodies trapped in the rubbles.

Aid teams from Venezuela and Colombia were now working in the affected areas, and the help from Peru, Chile, Mexico and other countries was half way here.

This has been the strongest earthquake in the country since 1979, seriously damaging the northern coastal provinces and possibly taking years for Ecuador to recuperate.

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