Plan International is ready to respond after a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck near the northern coastal town of Muisne in Ecuador on Saturday, killing dozens and injuring many more.
Widespread severe damage is reported and a state of emergency has been declared in six provinces. There have been a number of aftershocks.
“Children are particularly vulnerable during disasters like earthquakes. They can suffer injuries, become separated or orphaned,” said Rossana Viteri, country director of Plan International Ecuador.
Donate to the Ecuador appeal“Plan International is part of national disaster response efforts and is closely monitoring the situation. We are ready to coordinate with partners and support affected children and their families,” she added.
“At the moment information is trickling in. We will have a clearer idea of impact and damage with daylight. Many people including Plan International staff in affected areas are spending their night in the streets,” she said.
“Earthquakes can disrupt or destroy critical infrastructure, including schools. Access to food, shelter, clean water and basic sanitation are vital.
“We are working round the clock now to gather information and share data with relevant agencies and partners. It is crucial to reach affected communities quickly to assess the extent of the damage and coordinate the response,” she added.
The organisation has been operating in Ecuador for more than 50 years and works with children in communities across the country.
About Plan International Ecuador
Plan International started working in Ecuador in 1962, in the urban marginal areas of the City of Guayaquil. Today, more than 800,000 people (400,000 girls and boys) participate in our projects across Azuay, Bolívar, Cañar, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Guayas, Loja, Los Ríos, Manabí, Pichincha, and Santa Elena provinces.
We work in more than 1,000 communities to ensure that girls, boys, and adolescents in the country can fulfil their potential by fully exercising their rights. Our core areas of activity include:
- Promoting safe, healthy, affectionate, and stimulating environments for children;
- Improving food security;
- Supporting a “good treatment culture” among children, teenagers, and adults;
- Fostering spaces for children and teenagers to express themselves and participate in decisions affecting their lives.