As of 21 April, 570 people have been confirmed dead and some 4,000 injured after an 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador. Many still remain trapped under the rubble.
In some of the worst-hit areas, communication and transport links are down, which is hindering relief teams' access and treatment of the injured. Thousands have been left homeless, making them vulnerable to dirty drinking water and disease.
How we’re helping
We are a member of a global faith-based network known as the ACT Alliance, through which we're able to respond to disasters wherever they may occur. We have ACT partners based in Ecuador assessing immediate needs and coordinating the response. They are concerned about health and water conditions, especially in the coastal region of Manabi.
Our ACT partner Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (DK) is on the ground and ready to distribute water and hygiene kits to affected families.