Ecuador quake death toll rises to 350

By primenews.com.gh

The number of people killed in a powerful earthquake that struck Ecuador over the weekend has risen to about 350, the government has said.

 There have been desperate scenes as rescuers and family members searched for survivors, often with bare hands.

Teams from Switzerland, Spain and several Latin American countries have arrived to join the search effort.

More than 2,000 people were injured in the quake, Ecuador's most powerful in decades, which hit its Pacific coast.

Earlier President Rafael Correa warned that the death toll was likely to rise, and that there were still people alive under the rubble of collapsed buildings, the BBC reported.