Ecuador: Minister of Urban Development appeals to tourists to return after quake

Posted on August 9, 2016 • Filed under: Ecuador, Ecuador Travel, Latin America Travel

By Sebastien Malo, Reuters New York / Almost four months after a devastating earthquake hit Ecuador, a leading government minister has appealed to tourists to return to the financially-struggling Andean country.
Nearly 700 people were killed and about 6,200 injured on April 16 in the strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in almost four decades, leaving about 8,650 people living in government shelters, according to government figures.
Maria Duarte, Ecuador’s Minister of Urban Development and Housing, said she was “totally” optimistic about the pace of reconstruction with the repair or rebuilding of 26,000 homes in the works or planned.
Longer term she said the government had to improve the construction of buildings in Ecuador which is prone to earthquakes.


Two tremors struck the northwest coast again in May, leading to one death in the same region as the April quake.
But for now she appealed to tourists to return to Ecuador to help put the country back on track.
“We have several types of victims, not all are victims due to the destruction of their homes,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a interview during a visit to New York City.
“There are people who remain without jobs and whose only form of sustenance was tourism, which momentarily is nonexistent.” Read Article

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