Aftermath of 2016 Earthquake in Ecaudor

(AP/Carlos Sacoto)

Save the Children Responding to the Needs of Children and Families Affected by Earthquake in Ecuador

Washington, D.C. (April 17, 2016) — Save the Children staff will be working in the days and weeks ahead to give support where we can to those most affected by this earthquake, particularly children.

The rising number of dead and injured and the widespread destruction will require the full resources of the government and emergency services.

Save the Children will use our existing networks across the country to assess the needs of those most affected and help where we can. Our teams on the ground have emergency supplies ready to distribute.

“Our thoughts are with the families of those killed and injured, ” said Maria Villalobos, Country Director for Save the Children Ecuador and Peru.

“Children are among the worst affected by this disaster, with many being injured and left without homes. We already have teams on the ground who are working with the Ecuadorian Humanitarian Network to assess the needs of children and respond accordingly. The safety and protection of children and their families is our main priority and we will focus our efforts on the worst affected areas.”

For more information on how to help children and families affected by the earthquake, visit savethechildren.org.

Spokesperson in Ecuador is available for interviews- Maria Villalobos; maria.villalobos@savethechildren.org, +51 99840 4127

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