The Sathya Sai International Organisation provides an update on the situation in Ecuador, following the devastating earthquake in mid-April 2016. More than 650 people have lost their lives, according to Reuters, and drinking water and food is scarce. However, electricity supply has been restored.
The death toll from Ecuador’s devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake last week has risen to 654 people, the country’s emergency management authority said on Saturday.
The quake of April 22, the worst in nearly seven decades, injured around 16,600 people and left 58 missing along the country’s ravaged Pacific coast. One hundred and thirteen people were rescued from damaged buildings.
One of two Sathya Sai schools in Ecuador suffered damages, but there were no injuries reported. SSIO members are collecting and distributing food, drinking water, clothes and mattresses and first-aid supplies.
Fifteen medical professionals, from various countries including Chile and USA, are providing a variety of emergency medical services to more than 100 people daily. Sathya Sai volunteers are providing temporary shelter and food to about 60 people, including women and children.
The SSIO Disaster Relief Committee is working with the SSIO of Ecuador to help the victims of the natural disaster. The Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation has sent funds recently to Ecuador to support relief activities.
The quake had a depth of nearly 12 miles. Several aftershocks, some as strong as magnitude 5.6, followed. The earthquake’s center was 16 miles southeast of Muisne, Ecuador, the United States Geological Survey said.
Several strong tremors and more than 700 aftershocks have continued to shake the country since the major quake, sparking momentary panic but little additional damage. Tremors are expected to continue for several weeks.
With close to 7,000 buildings destroyed, more than 25,000 people were living in shelters. Some 14,000 security personnel were keeping order in quake-hit areas, with only sporadic looting reported.