Preliminary information reports at least 12 dead, 315,000 persons affected, and 21,500 persons residing in over 300 shelters.
The Ecuadorian government has developed developed a plan of action and mapped available resources. Three United Nations Technical Emergency Teams (UNETE) were deployed to the affected area between 7 - 22 Feb 2008 as was a UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team.
The epidemiological information reports cases of classical and hemorrhagic dengue, hepatitis, leptospirosis, and hepatitis A; however cases do not surpass the numbers registered for the same period in 2007. Five regional health centers have been severely affected by the flooding.
PAHOWHO has prepared an action plan to work on safe water, epidemiological surveillance, situation rooms, and risk communication. PAHO/WHO is supporting the installation of SUMA (humanitarian supply management system. The health sector currently needs more personnel to complete the analysis of health needs and intensify epidemiological surveillance. Other immediate health needs include monitoring and control of water quality as well as distribution of food rations and hygiene kits.