The earthquake that struck Portoviejo, Ecuador on Sunday has left a death toll reaching 350 people confirmed on Monday, as rescue crews that have been sent for help along with residents continue to dig through the rubble.
This is the strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in decades with a 7.8 magnitude destroying hundreds of buildings, highways, and homes across hundreds of miles through the provinces that border the Pacific coast, leaving thousands of people homeless.
Portoviejo is home to nearly 300,000 people, 370 buildings were destroyed and more than 2,000 people were injured from the disaster according to the officials reports.
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