On Saturday 16th April 2016 in the north of Ecuador, near Esmeraldas an earthquake measuring 7.8magnitude occurred at 18h58 local time.
KEY FACTS as of 22 April 2016
587 people dead, 155 missing, 8340 injured treated, 1,125 buildings destroyed, 829 buildings affected and 285 education institutions affected, the number of people in shelters have increased to 23,506.
UNICEF has warned that 150,000 children have been affected by the disaster and said landslides were complicating rescue efforts in some areas, and some towns were without electricity.
During a visit to the worst-affected region President Rafael Correa said the cost of rebuilding could be up to $3bn (£2.1bn).
Six provinces continue under Red Alert: Manabí, Esmeraldas, Santa Elena, Guayas, Santo Domingo and Los Ríos, with Manabí the most affected
Humanity First has sent an Assessment Team of three members from Humanity First Canada which departed on 19th April from Toronto led by Brian Wilson. On arrival they have been assigned by the United Nations to help with relief work in Porto Viejo.
Update from our Humanity First Canada Team on the ground
On April 24th we installed a 2,500L water tank in Miraflores, Manta. This currently provides water to approximately 200 families (roughly 1,000 people)..
We have thus far distributed approximately 400 lbs of rice, 125 lbs of sugar, several packages of diapers, dozens of containers of mosquito repellent, and a couple of soccer balls to the same community in Miraflores.
We also provided purified water via the NOAH Trekker water purification unit to some locals on the 23rd, and have now instructed a group of approximately 10 locals who will run this unit at a small public health facility in the village of Crucita. This is expected to provide safe, clean, drinkable water to approximately 1,000 - 1,500 people.
We have also installed a tent at this location, and will be providing roughly 100 2L bottles of water to the clinic to distribute to the local population as needed, with the intention that they will bring the empty bottles back to the clinic to get refilled with the NOAH Trekker unit.
We have distributed blankets, chick peas, kidney beans, cans of tuna, toilet paper, shirts, bags of assorted clothes to the community of Muisne, Esmeraldas.
In addition to the above, we assisted the United Nations in doing MIRA (Multi-Cluster Initial Rapid Assessments) in a number of communities over a 3-day period. HF specifically assisted with assessments in La Crucita, Charapoto, Caraquez, Canoa, Montechristi, and Jaramijo. This information is critical to assisting the UN, and the Government of Ecuador in establishing priorities for humanitarian needs in the affected regions.
The HF team as also met with the Mayor of Jaramijo on April 26th to discuss possible long-term projects. HF will be working with the municipal, provincial and federal governments along with the UN to coordinate response and recovery efforts.
Currently the HF team is continuing to assess needs in some smaller camps/communities and maintain the installed water units and provide additional relief aid where/when identified. The HF team is currently working with several government agencies to identify short, medium and long term projects and will be submitting funding proposals to both the Government of Canada and the United Nations towards recovery projects such as temporary housing, rebuilding of schools, and continuing to assist displaced populations.