WFP Ecuador Situation Report #9, 21 July 2016

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In Numbers

105,710 people assisted in first month
28,136 people have benefitted from family cash transfers since June
2,700 cubic meters of relief supplies stored by WFP for 13 organizations to date


  • On 16 April 2016 at 06:58 pm local time, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the northern coast of Ecuador.

  • The death toll has climbed to 660 people.

  • WFP activated an L2 emergency.

  • To date, WFP has only received 35.8% of the necessary funds for the emergency operation.

Funding Update

  •  On 22 April, WFP launched an emergency operation (EMOP) 200655 and a logistics special operation (SO) for a period of three months (April to July 2016). The operation was extended for three additional months until October 20, 2016.

  •  Logistics activities to ensure that food assistance and other non-food humanitarian items arrive to earthquake-affected people were reduced to USD 750,000 due to lack of donor contributions.

Situation Update

  •  Government reports indicate 663 people killed, 9 missing, 113 rescued and 560 schools affected.

  •  There have been 2259 replicas since the 16th of April and recent replicas in Esmeraldas Province on July 10 (magnitude 6.4 and 5.8) left 1 person dead and 3 injured.

  •  The authorities immediately activated emergency protocols and the National Emergency Operations Centre.

  •  After a three-month state of exception in six provinces, a new state of exception of 60 days (until September 15 ) was declared by the Government on July 15. The corresponding Decree suspends the right for affected people to return to their seriously damaged homes in the provinces of Esmeraldas and Manabi, because of the risks and possible dangers.

  •  WFP’s Emergency Food Security Assessment found that two-thirds of the population affected by the earthquake are food insecure. As the earthquake has affected the main income source of the population, families need to limit the number of meals per day and reduce the quantity and diversity of their food.

  •  As part of the Ecuador Reconstruction Plan, the Government of Ecuador is providing monthly economic incentives to encourage families to leave shelters and informal camps and start rebuilding their livelihoods.
    WFP Response

  •  WFP has responded to the emergency with cash transfers of USD 100 through the national social protection platform to vulnerable households.

  •  Thus far, WFP has distributed food assistance to more than 105,000 people in shelters, hospitals and communities. In addition, since June, 28,136 people have benefitted from their first cash transfer.