At least 413 people confirmed dead

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12.05.2016

Late on Monday, six people,
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Media captionThe death toll is still expected to rise

Luis Almagro, the secretary general of the Organization of American States,
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Ecuador’s finance ministry also announced on Monday it would receive $2bn (1.4bn) from the China Development Bank, but it was unclear whether the money is directly intended for rebuilding after the quake.

Western Ecuador was hit by a number of strong aftershocks on Monday, the largest of which measured magnitude 5.1.

In Pedernales, close to the epicentre, as many as 400 people are feared dead. Mayor Gabriel Alcivar said the "entire town" had been flattened.

"Pedernales is devastated," he told local media. "Buildings have fallen down, especially hotels where there are lots of tourists staying. There are lots of dead bodies.

"We’re trying to do the most we can but there’s almost nothing we can do," he added, warning that looting had broken out.

In Portoviejo, a city of 300,000 people 15km (10 miles) from the coast, rescuers rushed to search the debris of flattened buildings for survivors as residents reported the stench of decaying bodies beneath the rubble.

Some looting was also reported in Portoviejo. "I have to take some advantage from this horrible tragedy," one man, Jorge Esquivel, told Reuters. "I need money to buy food. There’s no water, no light, and my house was destroyed."

Hundreds of people in Portoviejo and Pedernales are expected to have to sleep outdoors on Monday night,
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Four members of the same family were killed when a building collapsed on their car,
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Elsewhere in Portoviejo, the vibrations reduced part of the city’s prison to rubble, allowing 100 inmates to escape. Some were recaptured but others remained on the run, Justice Minister Ledy Zuniga said on Twitter.

Theresa Crockett, a nun from Northern Ireland who was working in Ecuador,
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Two Canadians,
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One US citizen is among the victims, the State Department says

More than 13,500 emergency workers are deployed, with some 400 coming from nearby South American countries

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake struck at a fairly shallow depth of 19.2km (11.9 miles), about 27km from Muisne in a sparsely populated area.

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