Terremoto en Ecuador: llegan nuevos suministros vitales de UNICEF para atender a los niños afectados  

 

On 18 April 2016, a damaged building in Pedernales canton in Manabí province of Ecuador. On 16 April 2016, Ecuador was hit by an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale.  The earthquake was felt in the whole country, but the most significant damage has been reported from the coastal provinces.  Pedernales canton (in Manabí province) has been reported as one of the most damaged territories, along with Portoviejo, Chone and Muisne. At least 150,000 children are affected by the April 16 earthquake in Ecuador, according to initial UNICEF estimates. As of Sunday April 17th, 14 hours local time, the Government had reported 246 people dead and 2.527 injured. This figure is expected to increase as more information is gathered and rescue operations reach the affected areas.  The Government has declared a State of emergency for 6 provinces: Esmeraldas, Manabí, Santa Elena, Guayas, Santo Domingo and Los Ríos.  The Government has also declared a State of Exception for the whole country which allows to mobilize financial and human resources. Children and adolescents are most in need of help. In Pedernales the population is approximately 61,000 people of which about 50% are below the age of 20. Either directly or indirectly, many children and adolescents, and their families have been affected by this earthquake.  According to preliminary government reports, the earthquake damaged 119 schools. Some 805 buildings have been destroyed and 608 have been damaged. Two hospitals have entirely collapsed in Portoviejo and Chone. In some of the worst hit areas, mudslides are causing further damage to infrastructure and hindering access of relief teams and supplies. Some cities are still without full power and only 40 per cent of communication lines are working.   UNICEF is concerned about health, water and sanitation conditions in the coastal areas – which are already considered hotspots for Zika, Dengue, Malaria and Chikungunya. UNICEF teams are in Pedernales and Esmeraldas,
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On 18 April 2016, a damaged building in Pedernales canton in Manabí province of Ecuador. 

UNICEF y sus aliados humanitarios necesitan $ 23 millones de dólares para una respuesta inmediata

250.000 niños se han visto afectados por el terremoto que el pasado día 16 de abril golpeó Ecuador. Un primer avión con 103 toneladas cúbicas con suministros de UNICEF, llegó la noche del 21 de abril a la ciudad de Quito para comenzar su distribución en las regiones más afectadas.

“Necesitamos que estos suministros lleguen a los niños lo antes posible” dijo Grant Leaity, representante de UNICEF en Ecuador. “Cuanto más tiempo pasen los niños sin techo, cobijo, agua potable y protección integral, mayores son los riesgos para su bienestar y salud”.

La carga incluye un almacén plegable, 10.000 mantas de lana, 300 lonas de plástico, 1.800 rollos de plástico, más de 100 tiendas de campaña, 30 contenedores de agua, más de 15.000 bidones, 17 test de agua, 4.800 mosquiteras tratadas con insecticida, 250.000 cápsulas de vitamina A y kits para el tratamiento de la diarrea.

On 22 April 2016, the first airlift of 86 metric tons of UNICEF relief items landed in Quito, Ecuador as the number of children affected by the earthquake reached 250,000.  The supplies included 10 000 fleece blankets, 106 tents, 300 rolls of tarpaulin, 4000 long lasting insecticidal bed nets, 14 collapsible water tanks, 31 000 collapsible jerry cans, 5000 sachets of oral rehydration salts and 8 diarrhea kits. As part of a UN appeal for $72 million, UNICEF and its humanitarian partners will need $23 million to provide for the needs of 250,000 children over the next three months. A significant portion of this amount – $14 million – will help provide water, sanitation and hygiene in temporary shelters, health centres, learning spaces and in communities. The remaining funds will cover education, protection and health needs. On 16 April 2016, Ecuador was hit by an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale. The earthquake was felt in the whole country, but the most significant damage has been reported from the coastal provinces. Pedernales canton (in Manabí province) has been reported as one of the most damaged territories, along with Portoviejo, Chone and Muisne. The Government has declared a State of emergency for 6 provinces: Esmeraldas, Manabí, Santa Elena, Guayas, Santo Domingo and Los Ríos. In some of the worst hit areas, mudslides are causing further damage to infrastructure and hindering access of relief teams and supplies. UNICEF is concerned about health, water and sanitation conditions in the coastal areas – which are already considered hotspots for Zika, Dengue, Malaria and Chikungunya. Three UNICEF immediate response teams functioning in the affected region, in Pedernales and Esmeraldas. UNICEF is also working to reinforce the psychological support for children living in shelters provided by the Government.  Immediately after the earthquake struck, UNICEF sent in water purification tablets, mosquito nets and tarps.
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On 22 April 2016, the first airlift of 86 metric tons of UNICEF relief items landed in Quito, Ecuador as the number of children affected by the earthquake reached 250,000. The supplies included 10 000 fleece blankets, 106 tents, 300 rolls of tarpaulin, 4000 long lasting insecticidal bed nets, 14 collapsible water tanks, 31 000 collapsible jerry cans, 5000 sachets of oral rehydration salts and 8 diarrhea kits. As part of a UN appeal for $72 million, UNICEF and its humanitarian partners will need $23 million to provide for the needs of 250,000 children over the next three months. A significant portion of this amount – $14 million – will help provide water, sanitation and hygiene in temporary shelters, health centres, learning spaces and in communities. The remaining funds will cover education, protection and health needs.
On 16 April 2016, Ecuador was hit by an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale. The earthquake was felt in the whole country, but the most significant damage has been reported from the coastal provinces. Pedernales canton (in Manabí province) has been reported as one of the most damaged territories, along with Portoviejo, Chone and Muisne. The Government has declared a State of emergency for 6 provinces: Esmeraldas, Manabí, Santa Elena, Guayas, Santo Domingo and Los Ríos. In some of the worst hit areas, mudslides are causing further damage to infrastructure and hindering access of relief teams and supplies. UNICEF is concerned about health, water and sanitation conditions in the coastal areas – which are already considered hotspots for Zika, Dengue, Malaria and Chikungunya. Three UNICEF immediate response teams functioning in the affected region, in Pedernales and Esmeraldas. UNICEF is also working to reinforce the psychological support for children living in shelters provided by the Government. Immediately after the earthquake struck, UNICEF sent in water purification tablets, mosquito nets and tarps.

UNICEF y sus aliados humanitarios han hecho un llamamiento por valor de $23 millones de dólares para cubrir las necesidades de, al menos, 250.000 niños durante los próximos tres meses. Una parte significativa de esta cifra – $14 millones – será destinada a la provisión de agua, saneamiento básico e higiene en los albergues temporales, centros de salud, espacios de aprendizaje y en las comunidades. Los fondos restantes cubrirán las necesidades de educación, protección y salud para estos niños.

Tras el terremoto, al menos 720.000 personas requieren de asistencia humanitaria. Más de 1.100 edificios fueron destruidos o sufrieron daños, lo que ha provocado que más de 25.000 personas estén actualmente viviendo en albergues temporales.

Tras el impacto del terremoto, un equipo de UNICEF se trasladó a las zonas más afectadas para realizar una evaluación rápida y coordinar una respuesta inmediata para las necesidades más urgentes de agua y saneamiento, protección y educación. Adicionalmente, se enviaron tabletas purificadoras de agua, mosquiteras y lonas, y se organizó la distribución de agua mediante camiones cisterna para los pueblos de Jama y Pedernales cuyos sistemas de agua estaban colapsados.

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