At least 413 people are now known to have died in the earthquake, the country’s government says and warned that the death toll could rise in coming hours.
President Rafael Correa said in a press conference that this is the biggest tragedy to hit Ecuador in the past seven decades.
Defense Minister of Ecuador, Ricardo Patiño said more than 400 rescue workers from eight countries have reached Ecuador, including people from: Cuba Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Chile, El Salvador, Bolivia, Mexico and Spain.
The U.N. has praised the cooperation efforts between Ecuadorian and international authorities whom have worked tirelessly to provide humanitarian assistance to those impacted by the quake.
Meanwhile, in recent days several regional leaders including the heads of state from Bolivia and Venezuela have issued public statements expressing their solidarity with the victims of the Ecuadorean earthquake.