QUITO—A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck offshore on Ecuador’s northern coast last Saturday, with the death toll rising above 600 today after yesterday’s 6.0 quake. Dozens of aftershocks continue to ripple throughout the country in the aftermath of what is deemed the worst in Ecuador’s last seventy years.
“When it started to shake last night we started to pray,” said Alex Bachon, 43, a construction worker repairing damage from Saturday’s quake at a hotel in Guayaquil. “I have never seen anything like this, it’s been so bad,” he told Reuters.
The 6.0 magnitude quake struck off Ecuador’s Pacific coast yesterday evening, 100kms northwest of Portoviejo at a depth of 10 kilometres, said the U.S. Geological Survey. President Rafael Correa took to Twitter, saying “have strength!” after three aftershocks were registered on Thursday night. Further
Numerous agencies report more than 26,000 people now living in shelters, and close to 7,000 buildings destroyed. The recovery and rebuilding phase will be substantial as damage is assessed in local communities.
Canadian Global Response partners have trained teams already on the ground in a variety of areas doing assessments to determine the best course of action to take to respond to the situation. Needs are currently being assessed to identify a number of critical areas that require assistance. A focus on providing what is needed to sustain life during the initial stages of the relief operation will continue in areas such as water, sanitation and hygiene issues.
Additionally, teams based on reports will assess food needs, shelter needs, and health concerns. Assessment teams in a humanitarian response are essential in putting together a more definitive plan in place for assessing the damage and need, deciding how a response can best be put forward.
Further information about the humanitarian disaster relief efforts in Ecuador will be made available as soon as possible. Thank you for also considering donating towards the immediate response efforts.
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Photos: OAS (Organization of American States) / Ecuador / April 22, 2016 / CC license
ERCC ECHO Daily Map / Ecuador / April 22, 2016