The Salvation Army in Ecuador continues to respond to the April 16 earthquake that is now known to have killed at least 570 people. Salvation Army emergency response teams are at work across the affected region, around Ecuador's north-west coast, providing food, water and other essentials to people who have been forced from their homes.
'When we arrived we saw the devastation caused by the earthquake―buildings in rubble, people lining up to buy a little bit of water, commercial premises closed,” says one Salvation Army worker.
After speaking to the local government's emergency response coordinator and explaining what The Salvation Army could offer, food was prepared and distributed to people who were sleeping on the streets.
“We understand the magnitude and the urgency of the situation and we want to address it wisely,” says Commissioner Torben Eliasen (Territorial Commander for The Salvation Army). “We anticipate that there will be a need for short, medium and long-term actions and we are preparing ourselves for this.”