In Solidarity, Evo Morales Departs for Earthquake-Hit Ecuador

Bolivian President Evo Morales left for Ecuador Wednesday, where he will visit Manta and other areas affected by the devastating 7.8.-magnitude earthquake that rocked the country on April 16. 

Bolivia is preparing 100 tons of aid to  Ecuador including water, food, medicine, rescue equipment, dogs and ecological coffins.

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala is also expected to arrive in Manta at around 3:00 p.m. Peru will send 318 tons of aid.

Bolivia is preparing 100 tons of aid to  Ecuador including water, food, medicine, rescue equipment, dogs and ecological coffins.

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala is also expected to arrive in Manta at around 3:00 p.m. Peru will send 318 tons of aid.

Three days after the quake, Ecuador has received support from at least 20 countries, with about 941 rescue workers coming from Latin America.

Ecuador’s ambassador to Bolivia, Ricardo Ulcuango, thanked Bolivia for its solidarity and said the consulate will receive donations.

Before leaving, Humala said his visit “will be a political gesture of great meaning, as it can show on site the will of the people of Peru to cooperate with this brother country in these difficult times.”

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 16 left at least 659 dead and 29,000 displaced. Ecuador has since been rocked by over 800 aftershocks and a few unrelated smaller earthquakes.

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