Ecuador Earthquake - Buried in the News?

Despite the bad pun, you may have missed this one. When news is all around us and media constantly available, it seems that it's just as easy as ever to be ignorant. All We Can, the Methodist relief and development partner, is responding to the devastation caused by a massive earthquake off the coast of Ecuador that has already claimed over 600 lives and has left thousands with injuries. 


 

AllWeCanThe organisation is urgently appealing for support to help reach those in desperate need of safe water, food, sanitation and shelter.

On Sunday 17 April the strongest earthquake to strike Ecuador in decades left the Andean nation traumatised. All We Can is responding through one of its trusted humanitarian aid partners, the ACT Alliance.

It is the most powerful earthquake to hit the region in 36 years and measured 7.8 on the Richter scale. Over 600 people have now been reported to have lost their lives, and more than 7000 have been injured. Collapsed buildings mark a swath of destruction stretching hundreds of miles. Although this emergency is now receiving little media coverage the situation is precarious and many lives are at risk as people struggle to find shelter, food and safe water to drink.

Earlier this week, reporting from Ecuador, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief, Stephen O’Brien commented, “Many people have lost their homes, their livelihoods. Medical facilities and items are urgently needed for people who were injured, as well as food, clean water and basic sanitation”. The Ecuadorian government were able to move quickly to bring supplies to the main towns but shattered roads have hampered the operation and people are still being rescued from the rubble of collapsed buildings. As the week has unfolded the scale of the destruction has become more palpable. It is estimated that well over half a million people have been directly affected by the earthquake.

All We Can’s Humanitarian Aid Manager Jason Snuggs said, “The situation for thousands of people in Ecuador is a very serious one. This is an earthquake of massive proportions and has affected small cities and regions that are vulnerable and in need of external assistance to cope with the huge emergency response required to address immediate needs. Our local partners, through the ACT Alliance, will be providing support and supplies that will save lives and aid communities in their recovery. We are concerned that this crisis has so quickly fallen out of the public eye when so many lives are still at risk. That is why we have launched an emergency appeal and are asking the public for support.”

To find out more and to give to All We Can’s emergency Ecuador Earthquake Appeal please visit www.allwecan.org.uk/ecuador

 

 Many of Ecuador’s towns and cities have been reduced to rubble following the devastating earthquake on 17 April. © Valter Muniz

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