Official: Ecuador Needs Tourist Dollars to Recover from Deadly Earthquake
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The people of Ecuador are still struggling to recover from the April 16 earthquake that left almost 700 people dead and roughly 6,200 wounded, Ecuador's Urban Development and Housing Minister Maria Duarte told Reuters.
The beach towns of Manabi and Esmeraldas are popular tourist spots and were hit the hardest by the April quake, Duarte told Reuters.
That earthquake was the strongest to hit Ecuador since 1979, according to the news agency.
Duarte is beseeching travelers to visit Ecuador to help boost the economy, which was already hurting before the deadly quake due to low oil prices, Reuters reported. She said she is optimistic about the pace of reconstruction in the country.
Authorities told the news agency that the country will need about $3.3 billion to rebuild areas hit by the quake.
"We have several types of victims, not all are victims due to the destruction of their homes," Duarte told Reuters. "There are people who remain without jobs and whose only form of sustenance was tourism, which momentarily is nonexistent."
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