Christian charities rushed to help people left devastated when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador on Saturday 16 April.
According to the United Nations, the country’s call for $72.7 million in financial assistance has received little support, yet the death toll has risen to 660.
Some 23 people are still missing, nearly 7,000 buildings have been destroyed, and 560 schools have been affected, with 166 of them suffering medium to severe damage.
More than 510,000 people have received healthcare assistance, including 4,605 injured during the first 72 hours of the emergency, and the number of people in shelters has decreased to 22,754.
However, Samaritan’s Purse has been on the ground, immediately mobilising supplies and experienced relief workers to aid in the aftermath. The organisation now has a team of 30 on the ground, including medical staff, working through local church partners. An emergency field hospital has also arrived and is now operational. A number of additional team members have travelled from the UK, including medical and logistics staff.
Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse said, ‘The earthquake in Ecuador has caused incredible death, injury, destruction and loss. We are responding, in the name of Jesus Christ, to help with emergency needs such as water, shelter and medical care. Please keep the people of Ecuador in your prayers’.