Updates on World Vision's Response to the Earthquake in Ecuadorby World Vision Church Resource Team on April 17, 2016
More than 230 people are known dead in Ecuador as the result of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck off the country’s central coast on Saturday evening, April 16.
Respond Now: We are launching a response in Esmeraldas and Manabi provinces to provide emergency kits for affected families, temporary shelter, and Child-Friendly Spaces.
"This is the worst earthquake to strike Ecuador since 1987, when 1,000 people were killed. It was a truly terrifying event felt across the country,” says World Vision’s national director in Ecuador José Luis Ochoa.
“The people of Ecuador spent a night worried about further shocks and today finding out about the extent of the damage,” he says.
Among the most affected provinces are Esmeraldas, Santo Domingo, Manabi (near the epicenter), Guayas, Los Rios, and Santa Elena, though a national state of emergency has been declared.
“Our staff are setting up a shelter alongside with government ministries in Manabi to aid all affected families,” says José. “In situations like this we are especially concerned about children and ensuring their needs are met.”
World Vision Ecuador staff are also taking part in joint evaluations, assisting in health centers, and supporting local emergency committees.
Please join us in prayer for the people of Ecuador.
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You can provide emergency relief for children and families impacted by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador. We are launching a response in Esmeraldas and Manabi provinces to provide emergency kits for affected families, temporary shelter, and Child-Friendly Spaces. Support our relief response now!