Ecuador Earthquake

Access to safe drinking water and storage, as well as shelter is urgently needed. Help us. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam
The most urgent need is for safe drinking water and storage, as well as shelter for thousands who have lost their homes. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

On April 16, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador killing hundreds of people, leaving thousands wounded and causing severe damage to infrastructure. Access to safe drinking water and storage, as well as shelter is urgently needed. With your help we can reach the most vulnerable populations with vital assistance. 

We are responding to a major earthquake off the coast of Ecuador that caused hundreds of deaths and injured thousands of people. Since April, more than 2,300 aftershocks have been recorded, many of them of magnitude 5 or more. It's Ecuador's largest earthquake since 1979.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), at least 750,000 people have been affected. Around 30,000 houses were destroyed or damaged during the earthquake and there are still 35,000 unsafe buildings, most of which will have to be demolished. As a consequence, there are more than 8,000 people living in 25 State-run shelters and some 11,000 in makeshift tents along the northern coastal line.

The most affected provinces are Esmeralda and Manabí, located 170 kilometers away from the capital city Quito. In addition, The Ecuadorian Government has declared Muisne Island (in the South of Esmeraldas Province) as "risk area" and estimates that the overall cost of damage in the country will reach $3.4 billion.

Oxfam’s response

Oxfam is working with the Government and other international and local agencies to ensure access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene facilities for the worst affected people. We are distributing kits and have organized hygiene promotion activities to avoid the spread of water-borne diseases and other infections.

We rehabilitated 5 water supply systems in the municipality of San Vicente (Manabí Province) and are rebuilding others in 8 different communities in Esmeraldas Province.

So far, we have reached around 75,000 people across 30 communities in northern Ecuador.

Please give what you canto help to reach the people affected by this emergency. Your donation could save lives.

Entrega de kits de higiene en Manabí, Ecuador."We hope that,  with the delivery of the kits, we will create awareness among people about the importance of hand washing and having safe drinking water " Arely Rodriguez, Hygiene Promotion Officer .

Oxfam in Ecuador

We have worked for more than 30 years in Ecuador improving the life conditions and livelihoods of small farmers, helping women and men live together in an equal society and giving them access to a decent and secure lifestyle at a time of climate change and natural disasters.

We are also working for food sovereignty and for a fairer socioeconomic development which does not depend on hydrocarbons and which protects Human Rights and the Rights of Nature.

Updated 12 September 2016