Timeframe covered by this update: 22 April to 16 October 2016
Description of the disaster
Six months following the 16 April 2016 earthquake, the ERC is dedicated to providing recovery assistance that responds to the humanitarian needs of the affected populations in the provinces of Manabí and Esmeraldas. This report provides a summary of the operation’s actions during the first six months.
The human toll of this disaster is registered as 668 deaths, eight missing people and 6,274 people with severe injuries. More than 230,000 people were wounded and more than one million people were directly or indirectly affected by the earthquake. Approximately 35,000 homes are classified as destroyed or damaged and 140,000 people lack adequate housing. The government initially declared a state of emergency in six provinces which was extended until mid-December in the provinces of Esmeraldas and Manabí. The severe aftershocks of 19 May and 10 July in the same provinces produced further humanitarian needs, particularly for increased actions in psychosocial support and community-based disaster risk reduction. The National Geophysical Institute has reported 2,657 aftershocks as of 16 October. Faced with the insecurity generated by these aftershocks, community members have acknowledged their lack of preparedness.