Aid is continues to arrive in quake struck Ecuador.
Bolivian President Evo Morales joined Ecuador President Rafael Correa on a visit to Manta to observe relief efforts following the April 16 disaster.
Ecuador y Bolivia somos hermanos, nunca nos vamos a abandonar. pic.twitter.com/hNbJpuGYPA— Evo Morales Ayma (
evoespueblo) <a href="https://twitter.com/evoespueblo/status/725376192694632448">April 27, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <b> </b> Authorities believe at least 659 people have been killed with 40 still missing. <b> </b> President Correa thanked his country's ally:"what Bolivia has done is incredible. Bolivia is a country with less money per capita than ours. Despite that their solidarity is immense. Here you see three Bolivian planes that brought 90 tonnes of aid and another flight is coming and others arrived earlier." <b> </b> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bolivia?src=hash">#Bolivia</a> sent three aircrafts with humanitarian aid to the people of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ecuador?src=hash">#Ecuador</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GraciasPorTanto?src=hash">#GraciasPorTanto</a> <a href="https://t.co/vMeZCa1nqp">pic.twitter.com/vMeZCa1nqp</a></p>— Foreign Affairs Ec (MFAEcuador) April 27, 2016
Ecuador is still assesing the damage inflicted by the quake it is estimated the cost will be between $2 and $3bn.
“En nombre de Ecuador muchas gracias por toda la solidaridad de #Bolivia”,
MashiRafael</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EcuadorListoYSolidario?src=hash">#EcuadorListoYSolidario</a> <a href="https://t.co/jftMd63WWw">pic.twitter.com/jftMd63WWw</a></p>— Seguridad Ecuador (Seguridad_Ec) April 27, 2016
The country is already running at near-zero growth due to a fall in oil prices.
The president has announced a one off tax of 0.9 percent imposed on individuals with a estimated wealth of $1m.