Ecuador: Earthquake - Information Bulletin n° 3

This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. A Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) for 407,778 Swiss francs (CHF) was issued on 18 April 2016, and an emergency appeal is will be issued shortly.

The situation

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck northern Ecuador at 6:58 pm local time on 16 April 2016. According to the latest report from Ecuador’s National Secretariat for Risk Management (SNDGR), there have been 480 deaths, 4,605 injures, 20,503 people have sought shelter in emergency collective centres, 805 buildings have been destroyed and 608 others have been affected, and 146 schools have been affected; no official information has been provided on the number of affected people. Ecuadorian Red Cross estimates that the numbers of affected people could reach up to 70,000 and 100,000 and with 3,000 to 5,000 needing emergency shelter. Some cities lost their electricity, but it is in the process of being restored.