The Human Face 
of Ecuador's Crisis

Saturday's earthquake wrecked much of the country's coast and claimed over 500 lives. 

A 7.8 magnitude rattled cities across the coast leaving destruction, chaos and death in its wake. 

The Ecuadorean government has said at least 577 people have been killed by Saturday's earthquake, 155 are still missing and over 7,000 were injured. 

Over 25,000 have been displaced and cared for in shelters scattered around the coast. 

The earthquake was of 7.8 magnitude, and more than 500 aftershocks have since struck the South American country's coastal area.

Cemeteries in coastal cities have reportedly reached maximum capacity and hospitals are failing to cope with the number of injured. 

"They were organizing the funeral, but I've been reborn. I will have to give that coffin back because I still have a long way to go before I die.” 

Pablo Cordova from Portoviejo was pulled from the rubble of the hotel he worked in 36 hours after the tremor. His family was planning for his funeral until rescuers pulled him free. 

In order to survive he drank his own urine and desperately preserved his mobile phone battery, hoping a signal would soon be available again.

His wife had already ordered a casket for him when he called her Monday to let her know he had miraculously survived. 

After the earthquake rescue teams from across the world have descended on Ecuador to find survivors and help the rebuilding process. 

Although gloom has transcended the region after the quake Latin America has united to send a total of 702 rescuers to free the trapped, recuperate bodies, provide food and begin the rebuilding of cities and towns. 

Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela have provided most of the foreign rescue personnel while Europe also sent almost 200 rescuers, the majority hailing from France and Spain.  

Airports and bus stations in the largely unaffected capital Quito have been a hive of activity with volunteers helping load trucks and planes with essential supplies such as water, food, clothes, medical equipment and wheelchairs for the coast.