Vietnam offers sympathy to Ecuador over earthquake losses hinh anh 1Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Hai Binh. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam shares the losses and pain of the Government and people of Ecuador from the recent earthquake which killed hundreds of people, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Hai Binh has said.

“We hope Ecuador will overcome this difficult moment, stabilise the situation and continue to prosper”, the spokesperson said on April 18.

Binh also expressed sorrow at consecutive natural disasters during recent days in several countries, including the earthquake in Ecuador, which inflicted not only heavy casualties but also great material and spiritual damages on thousands of people.

The spokesperson cited reports from the Vietnamese Embassy in Chile and Ecuador which said there is no Vietnamese citizen in the earthquake-hit areas. The embassy is working closely with local relevant agencies to provide support when needed.

A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador on April 16, killing at least 272 people as of April 18, according to international media. More than 2,000 people were injured as structures tumbled during the quake or its dozens of aftershocks.-VNA