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Ecuador earthquake death toll rises to 350, many still trapped

The death toll from Ecuador's devastating earthquake has risen to 350, the security minister said.

Cesar Navas told the Teleamazonas station that rescuers are continuing to seek more victims and survivors in collapsed buildings after Saturday night's magnitude-7.8 quake.

Rescuers and aid from all over the world are flooding into the country as the search for people trapped beneath the rubble continues.

Foreign affairs minister Guillaume Long said hundreds of international aid workers are already in place.

Mexico has sent 120 helpers, Spain sent 80 rescue experts and Chile sent 49 firefighters. Missions have also arrived from Peru, Cuba, Bolivia, Venezuela and Switzerland. US s ecretary of state John Kerry said America will help in any way possible.

International aid groups have dispatched doctors and psychologists, and dogs trained to search for survivors. Workers are also setting up plants to clean drinking water.

The Spanish Red Cross said as many as 100,000 people may need assistance in the area devastated by the earthquake.

The group said there is no official estimate yet of the number of affected people but it estimates that between 70,000 and 100,000 will need some kind of help.

It said that 3,000 to 5,000 people need temporary housing after the quake flattened homes.


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