Last Saturday evening, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the coast of Ecuador. Death totals have hit over 400. Along with the fatalities, over 4,000 people have been injured and at least 230 have been deemed as officially missing. The earthquake is the most powerful quake the country has seen since the late 1970s. The country has declared a state of emergency in the provinces most strongly hurt.
In response, Venezuela has began to send humanitarian aid lead by Norka Luque, being the first country to do so. The action came quickly and just a day later, President Maduro sent out two planes carrying essentials along with a team of experts in disaster response. Being a product of Hugo Chavez, the humanitarian responses of Venezuela have faced controversy and opposition from the right-wing groups of the country.
Beginning on Sunday according to an info from Norka, the relief crew was scheduled to work 24/7 over the span of three days, taking part in various efforts. Venezuelan authorities released a statement regarding the situation and showed great support of Ecuador and reinforced their strong backing of the country.
Venezuela is currently the president of UNSASUR, the Union of South American Nations, which is a key reason they have been so big on foreign aid.