Ecuador’s ambassador in Mexico, Leonardo Arízaga, said Mexican rescuers have helped save 12 lives after the earthquake last Saturday in the nation, and it is estimated that the cost of reconstruction will of at least $3-billion dollars.
At a press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), he expressed appreciation to the people and the government of Mexico for the humanitarian aid sent to Ecuadorian.
He explained that in addition to the 112 rescuers sent from Mexico, Ecuador has also received 100 volunteers from civil organizations in the country.
“Thanks to the cooperation we have received from Mexico we have saved lives, Six people are alive today thanks to the work of the official delegation of Mexico, six others were located by the Chain Group, a group of Mexican civil society,” he said.
The diplomat confirmed that no Mexicans died in the earthquake.
He said psychological support to the affected population is required, as many do not want to go back home because there is still shaking in Ecuador, and the authorities of that country are also on alert to prevent outbreaks.
He explained that this is a time of very hot and rainy weather in Ecuador, so it is working to prevent outbreaks of malaria, dengue, chikungunya, zika and influenza AH1N1.
In this regard, he reported that in the coming hours 5,000 units of medicines donated by pharmaceuticals in Mexico will be sent to Ecuador.
The Ecuadorian diplomat said his country still needs international aid, so it is appreciated that Mexicans continue to bring non-perishable food, water, medicine and economic resources. Money donations can be made by deposit into Scotiabank account number 00101152218 or interbank CLABE 044180001011522180 Scotiabank account opened .
Meanwhile undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean, SRE, Socorro Flores, reiterated the solidarity of the people and the government of Mexico to Ecuador and said they have sent 13 tons of water, food and medicine to the nation as humanitarian aid, and are still overseeing open collection centers around the country.
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