Ecuador Earthquake, March 18, 2023InternationalIndiaAfricaBUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – The number of people who died as a result of the 6.5-magnitude earthquake in western Ecuador has gone up to 12, the president’s press service informs. According to the release, a number of people have been injured as a result of the earthquake and have been hospitalized. “So far, 12 deaths have been reported (11 in the province of El Oro and one in the province of Azuay),” the presidency said in a Saturday statement. Earlier in the day, the Ecuadorian Secretariat for Risk Management (SNGR) said that the death toll from the earthquake stood at four (three fatalities in El Oro and one in Azuay). A 6.5-magnitude earthquake shook western Ecuador on Saturday, with the quake’s epicenter located around 59 kilometers (37 miles) north of the city of Machala.The earthquake has also caused damage in northern Peru and resulted in the death of one child, the RPP (Radio Programas del Peru) broadcaster reports.The four-year-old girl died in the Department of Tumbes bordering Ecuador on Saturday, as a result of a roof collapse, RPP said citing local hospital officials.