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    Ecuador Earthquake Death Toll Rises to 233

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    Ecuadorian president, Rafael Correa, said that the death toll from Ecuador's earthquake has risen to 233.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The official death toll from Ecuador's earthquake has risen to 233, the country's president, Rafael Correa, said on Sunday.

    "The official death toll has risen to 233. Manta has been greatly affected. Pedernales has been destroyed. The vice president has left for Portoviejo," Correa said in his official Twitter.

    ​A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador on Saturday, with its epicenter near the town of Pedernales. Earlier figures put the number of victims at 77 people dead and over 580 injured.

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