At least 15 dead, hundreds injured after Ecuador earthquake

At least 15 dead, hundreds injured after Ecuador earthquake

The damage caused by the previous day's strong earthquake shook the region, leaving at least 15 dead and hundreds injured, according to the Ecuadorian and Peruvian authorities on Sunday.

The 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Ecuadorian coastal province of Guayas at midday on Saturday, with residents reporting shaking in much of the country as well as in Peru's northern border towns.

The Ecuadorian government reported 12 fatalities in the province of El Oro and two deaths in the province of Azuay on Saturday, as well as more than 440 injuries.

President Guillermo Lasso posted a video overnight, in which we will continue working all weekend. The ministries have the financial resources to respond quickly to this emergency. The Risk Management Secretariat sent a team to Puna Island early on Sunday, near the epicenter of the earthquake, to assess needs and deliver humanitarian aid.

The government reported that 84 homes were destroyed and 180 more were affected. Dozens of health and educational units also had an impact.