The Government of Ecuador today expressed its "heartfelt condolences and solidarity" with the people and the Government of Indonesia, after the tragic tsunami that last Saturday affected this nation and caused at least 430 deaths.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement, lamented the natural phenomenon that, in addition, left 1,500 injured and significant material damage.
The Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry has expressed to the Indonesian authorities the sentiment of the Government and the people of Ecuador for the hard times they are living in that country after the natural disaster.
"Both nations bordering the Pacific" are located in the so-called area of the Belt of Fire, "a great natural fault of the planet that periodically generates geological phenomena of magnitude," the text adds.
The emergency teams in Indonesia worked today against time to find alive any of the 159 people reported missing after the tsunami struck four days ago the Sonda Strait, between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra.
Volunteers and staff of the National Agency for Disaster Management review each building and rubble hoping to hear survivors, although they only manage to recover corpses from the disaster that caused at least 430 deaths.