Canada issues Regional Advisory for Ecuador, fearing aftershocks

Canada issues Regional Advisory for Ecuador, fearing aftershocks

TORONTO — Global Affairs Canada has issued a Regional Advisory for certain parts of Ecuador following a 7.8-magnitude earthquake last Saturday.

The advisory applies to the provinces of Esmeraldas, Los Rios, Manabi, Santa Elena, Guayas and Santo Domingo on the northwestern coast of Ecuador.

According to Government of Canada’s website, “Aftershocks are still occurring and may be felt for weeks. The earthquake has caused widespread infrastructure and road damage throughout the affected areas. Expect disruptions to power, communications and transport in many parts of the country. The international airports in Quito (Mariscal Sucre) and Guayaquil (José Joaquín de Olmedo) are operational.”

The government urges travellers already in the affected areas to monitor local media for the latest developments, verify travel plans with airlines and tour operators and follow the instructions of local authorities. Canadians in need of emergency consular assistance should call the Embassy of Canada in Quito at +593 (2) 245-5499 or the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa directly at +1 613 996 8885 (collect calls are accepted where available).

In what is being called Ecuador’s most devastating earthquake in 40 years, Saturday’s quake has killed 350 people and injured more than 2,000, according to BBC News. 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. Correa said it was the biggest tragedy to hit Ecuador in the past seven decades.