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sar equadorSearch and rescue efforts are continuing after a magnitude 6.2 quake shook Ecuador’s already devastated Pacific coast before dawn on Wednesday (local time).

Military, police and search & rescue teams are descending on the country’s northern coast as the search for survivors goes on. Many remote villages have yet to be reached with help, food and water are also becoming very scarce in city areas.

The government sent over 14,000 troops into the areas hardest hit by the quake. They have to travel by air because roads into the area are out of action.

Terrified residents and hindering rescuers searching for survivors of Saturday’s even larger quake which has killed more than 500 people and a small margin of finding survivors remains.

Communities isolated by the quake struggled without water, power or transport, although aid was trickling in.

A football stadium in the Ecuadoran resort town of Pedernales has taken on an eerie new identity as a morgue, with a hodgepodge of donated coffins in various shapes, sizes and colours piled in a corner.

Medical examiners have been working to identify decomposing bodies pulled from homes and hotels in the popular beach town. To read more click here.

The 2016 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference (ANZSAR); Land, Sea & Air will be held at the Jupiters Hotel, Gold Coast on the 1 June 2016.

CLICK HERE to view the Conference Program with an impressive line up of keynote speakers and targeted forums it makes this the premier conference to attend in the Oceania region.

To register for the conference CLICK HERE.

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