On Saturday 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.
Oxfam is today sending a team of water engineers and logisticians from Colombia and senior humanitarian staff from its center in Mexico in response to the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Chile today.
Jeremy Loveless, Oxfam’s Deputy Humanitarian Director:
“Even though the severity of the situation is unclear, Oxfam is preparing for the worst and will be sending five staff out to Chile today to assess and consider how best to help the thousands of people effected by the disaster. The team flying in have years of experience in responding to earthquakes and Oxfam also has partners in the country who can begin to help immediately. Chile is a developed country with a very capable government and while it is unlikely that this disaster will be as severe as what we saw last month in Haiti, we want to be in place to help as soon as possible.”
Oxfam is also contacting partners in the country so that the agencies response to the crisis can roll out as fast as possible.
Audio updates from Louis Belanger, Oxfam spokesperson: