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Ecuador earthquake relief news

Ecuador earthquake destruction

A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Northern Ecuador on Saturday, April 16 - the worst since the 1970s, with a current death toll of 413. At least 2,000 more are injured, and up to 100,000 are left without power, homeless or otherwise affected. For the majority of Ecuadorians, this is the largest disaster ever experienced. Family members are missing. Vulnerable children, women, elderly, and disabled are suffering in the streets. Aid organizations arrived in Ecuador from all over the world to help them get water, food, and shelter. But the earthquake knocked out electricity in most places and transportation can be a problem.

To help power disaster relief efforts, Fuel Relief Fund is deploying a First Response Team to Ecuador on April 19. This team needs funding to purchase and transport fuel to those who need it most – wherever they need it most. Find out how you can help here.

Priorities on the ground will be assisting survivors with free fuel for their generators to power dark nights, to run necessary medical equipment, and for other basic needs, like charging mobile phones to inform family members that they are safe. Ecuadoreans will need fuel for their motorcycles, cars, and other vehicles, to seek shelter, food, water and medicine. Further, fuel will ensure generators, light and fuel supply for search and rescue to reach outlying communities as well as to power medical stations to treat the injured.

Fuel Relief Fund exists to help those in need after a major disaster – by sourcing and then giving victims, local governments, and humanitarian response organizations fuel for vehicles and generators. It is the only NGO in the world that does this, an independent operational support partner of United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA). We have been at every major disaster over the past nine years including the Nepal earthquake, the Great Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and the Haiti earthquake.

We'll now be in Ecuador, supporting local governments and aid workers in their life-saving work. Help us with a donation today! The more funding we can raise, the more fuel and power we can give, and the more lives we can save.