Shakemap_Ecuador_April_2016On Saturday, April 16, a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the northern coast of Ecuador. It’s the most powerful earthquake to hit the region in 36 years. Current news reports are listing over 400 people dead and over 2,500 injured—with both numbers expected to rise.

Rescue efforts continue as many remain trapped under rubble. Entire communities have been destroyed and infrastructure has been widely damaged. A state of emergency has been declared.

PWS&D will be responding through the ACT Alliance. ACT members have deployed staff to the affected areas to support local partners, assess need and determine the most appropriate and effective response. Major needs will include food, water, shelter, medical supplies, essential non-food items, and psychosocial support.

To contribute to PWS&D’s response, please mark your donation “Ecuador Earthquake.”