The federal government has announced that the earthquake-stricken areas of Esmeraldas and Manabi provinces would receive additional financial relief in 2018. The new funding, which will amount to $480 million, was announced by Maria Alejandra Vicuña, recently appointed by President Lenin Moreno to head up new relief efforts. Vicuña was appointed president of the earthquake relief committee and asked by the president to coordinate reconstruction and economic reactivation projects already underway. She attended her first committee meeting March 12 in Manabi’s capital, Portoviejo. Vicuña said that $307 million federal dollars would be delivered in the first half of the year.…
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