Pope Francis offered his closeness to the victims of Ecuador's earthquake, in his Angelus address on Sunday.
He said that he is close to the people of Ecuador and assured them of his prayers for those who died and injured victims.
The 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador and Peru on March 19 at 1:12 AM (Local Time).
The United States Geological Survey reported that an earthquake occurred close to the southern town of Baláo in Guayas Province, Ecuador. It was located at a depth of 65 kilometers (approximately 41 miles).
By quoting the Ecuadorian president's office, CNN reported that 16 people were killed and about 461 injured due to the earthquake.
Ecuador's emergency response agency reported that many people were trapped in the rubble.
Many poor people lived in the affected area in the quake-prone nation.
Peru's authorities reported that one died, and the collapse of many houses, including the old wall of an Army barrack, toppled in Tumbes.
In a 2016 earthquake centered north on the Pacific Coast, over 600 people died in a less-populated region of Ecuador. - With inputs from Vatican News
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