A powerful magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Ecuador on April 17, 2016, at 6:58pm local time on Saturday, lasting for about a minute, and was centred approximately 105 miles north-west of the capital Quito. The death toll is in the hundreds and is expected to rise. More than 2,500 are reported to have been injured. The coastal province of Manabi (Ma-na-bi) was hardest hit. The cities of Manta, Portoviejo (Pohto-yeho) and Pedernales (Perder-nah-les), a tourist destination, saw the most devastation but damage was widespread throughout the country.

About CARE's Work in Ecuador

CARE has worked in Ecuador since 1962. 

CARE’s programs have focused on helping poor communities through health and sanitation, education, forestry and women’s empowerment programs. CARE’s past work in Ecuador has included an emergency response to severe floods in 2008.


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