Earthquake in Ecuador

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On April 16, 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck coastal Ecuador. The epicenter was along the Pacific coast in a sparsely populated region, but many towns in nearby areas were severely affected. Within a few days, the current death toll surpassed 413 people and over 2,500 people injured. These numbers are expected to rise as emergency workers continue rescue efforts, and there are still concerns about multiple aftershocks which have the potential to cause further damage. Initial briefings indicate that government and local agencies are actively engaged in search and rescue, tending to the health of residents (particularly trauma care), and providing emergency shelter.


Immediately following the earthquake, World Relief began reaching out to partners in Ecuador, including local churches in some of the most affected areas. While our local partners continue to assess how they will integrate their efforts into the overall response, World Relief has pledged to provide financial resources to ensure that our partners can meet the immediate and long-term needs of those affected by this tragedy.