To recover, Pedernales turned to tourism, luring vacationers

hit Ecuadorean beach town grapples with crisis

PEDERNALES, Ecuador (Reuters) The rustic beach town of Pedernales, devastated by Ecuador magnitude 7.8 quake, has a history of being struck by tragedy and pulling itself back up again.

A damaged restaurant is seen after an earthquake canada goose coats on sale struck off the Pacific coast, in Pedernales, Ecuador, April 19, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero

During the 1980s, the canada goose clearance sale Pacific coastal town tapped into canada goose uk black friday the revolution of farmed seafood by cultivating shrimp, helping canada goose uk outlet Ecuador become the world second biggest exporter of the crustacean.

A decade later, a virus known as the white spot syndrome ravaged the industry. To recover, Pedernales turned more info Canada Goose Outlet to tourism, luring vacationers with its palm tree dotted coastline and new Canada Goose Coats On Sale hotels.

But its 20 km (12 mile) beach stretch now lies in ruin, Canada Goose Outlet and surviving residents are once again faced with an economic disaster and a long road to recovery.

town must be cursed, said Hilda canada goose black friday sale Morales, 58, as she salvaged possessions, including religious images, from the debris uk canada goose outlet of her home.

the white spot, and now this tragedy. We doomed.

Of course Saturday quake, which killed nearly 500 people and was the largest to strike Ecuador in decades, inflicted a human toll the shrimp catastrophe did not. In Pedernales, at least 164 people died, 3,000 were injured, and more than 500 buildings were destroyed, with damage to several hundred more.

The town once animated streets are Canada Goose sale now filled with rubble, rescue workers, and the mattresses of survivors camping out. Makeshift tents are being used to house corpses Canada Goose Online and survivors. People say they need water, cheap canada goose uk food and canada goose coats medicines.

TO REBUILD, AGAIN Some residents said they were canada goose packing up and leaving canada goose factory sale behind their destroyed homes to seek supplies and shelter elsewhere.

entire town is walking away and canada goose store we don know whether we ever be able to return, said Jose Molina, 60, as he tried to salvage goods from his collapsed pharmacy.

the time being the government has sent machinery, water, and some food, but there so much to do.

President Rafael Correa, who cut short a trip to Italy to fly home and canadian goose jacket tour affected areas, has said rebuilding will take years and cost billions of buy canada goose jacket dollars.

Leftist Correa had seen promise in Ecuador beaches, investing in building a highway to make previously remote coastal towns more accessible, and launching a major tourism campaign.

Some 1.5 million foreign vacationers flocked to Ecuador last year, contributing $1.7 billion dollars to the OPEC nation otherwise largely uk canada goose oil and export dependent economy.

Given the importance of Canada Goose online tourism, especially amid depressed canada goose uk shop world oil prices, Correa has vowed to revive Manabi province, containing Pedernales, as quickly as possible.

rebuilt Manabi once and we do it again, he said on Tuesday, in reference to the transformation of rural roads into highways.

Correa said the quake inflicted between $2 billion and $3 billion of damage to the country economy and could knock two Canada Goose Parka to three percentage points off growth.

not kid ourselves, buy canada goose jacket cheap it will be a long struggle.

With a presidential election looming for February next year, the government response to the disaster is under cheap Canada Goose close scrutiny. So canada goose clearance far, it has appeared speedy and thorough, though there has been some looting and complaints of aid not reaching the remotest areas.

Additional reporting by Canada Goose Jackets Alexandra Valencia in Quito, Julia Symmes Cobb in Pedernales; Writing by Diego Ore and Alexandra Ulmer; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne and Frances Kerry.

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