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Ecuador Earthquake

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Dani and Victor, clients of CBM partner OVCI, whose house was damaged

CBM and partners responding to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck Ecuador on 16 April 2016.

General situation

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Staff from OVCI, CBM local partner in Esmeraldas City gathering items to be delivered through the Ministry of Economic and Social Inclusion
On Saturday 16 April 2016 a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck northern Ecuador at 6:58 pm local time. The epicentre was 27 kilometres from the small coastal town of Muisne (west of the Province of Esmeraldas), with a depth of 20 kilometres.
The worst damage was reported in the canton of Pedernales, which was declared a "disaster zone". Access has been limited due to damages to infrastructure. The Government declared a “State of Exception” for 6 provinces: Esmeraldas, Manabí, Santa Elena, Guayas, Santo Domingo and Los Ríos.

CBM and partners

Damage caused by the earthquake
CBM currently works with four partner in Ecuador, focused on empowerment of persons with disabilities in Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), and mainstreaming disability, and located in the provinces of Esmeraldas, Guayas, and Loja.

The CBM Emergency Response Unit and our Regional Office (RO), based in Quito verified within the first two days that all CBM and partner staff are safe, and conducted a needs assessment in some of the most affected areas.


mother helping boy put on schoolbag ©CBM
Marcelo, a CBR client of CBM partner OVCI has been taught what to do in earthquake situations and this training helped him during the big quake which struck on 16 April, and in subsequent aftershocks
CBM response will aim to ensure that persons with disabilities (and other more at-risk people in the affected communities) can access mainstream relief and recovery services and, simultaneously, that any specific needs are met.
We are working with three partners (long-term CBM partner OVCI, national DPO network CONADIS and SETEDIS (Ecuador Govt. Technical Secretariat of Disability), and our initial intervention will aim to include the following activities over three months:
  • Immediate Psychological First Aid (PFA) for different stakeholders (partner staff, beneficiaries, government staff etc.)
  • Setting up focal points at community level
  • Distribution of food and non-food items to affected community including persons with disabilities
  • Distribution of assistive devices
  • Neurological evaluation and physiotherapy to affected people
  • Recreation activities for children in shelters


Ecuador Earthquake Q&A

Questions and answers on the April 2016 Ecuador Earthquake


Humanitarian Action

CBM working with local partners to ensure that people with disabilities are included at all levels of disaster preparedness and response


First-hand account

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“The earthquake hit when I was outside the house with my wife and little baby at 6:58 pm. It took about 40 sec but felt endless, feeling waves below the feet. Our daughter started to cry and I thought about my colleagues. The relief when it stopped was enormous and we rushed home. When news came in about the magnitude in the coastal areas of Ecuador where we have our CBR programmes we tried to establish contact and only reached our partners at midnight. In Esmaraldas people where panicking, there was chaos on the streets and a number of people sought refuge in the school of our project partner to sleep safely.” Stefan Dofel (CBM Regional Director in Latin America)


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