A nun from Derry who has devoted her life to helping others has been killed in the earthquake disaster in Ecuador.
Sister Clare Theresa Crockett, who is orignally from the Brandywell area, was one of 272 people killed in the magnitude-7.8 quake.
Her family said she was based in a school in Playa Prieta with the Home of the Mother Order.
In a statement, her family said: “On Sunday 17th April, we lost our daughter, sister and aunt Sister Clare Theresa Crockett as a result of the earthquake in Ecuador.
“She was situated in a school in Playa Prieta with the Home of the Mother Order.
“At this difficult time we would ask for privacy.”
The country’s President, Rafael Correa, landed back in the country late on Sunday night to oversee the relief effort after cutting short a trip to the Vatican.
Ecuadoreans have been warned that the number of fatalities is likely to rise as more than 2,000 people were injured following the strong quake and many others remain unaccounted for.
It has emerged that the forceful tremors allowed about 180 inmates to break out of a prison in the western town of Portoviejo, and dozens are yet to be captured.
But thousands of food packages and nearly 8,000 sleeping kits have been delivered from neighbouring countries, bringing warmth to the many thousands left homeless and with no choice but to sleep outside in the dark.