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disaster relief | April 18, 2016

7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Ecuador

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On the evening of Saturday, April 16th a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook the coastal region of Ecuador.  The death toll is nearing 300 with reports of over 2,500 people injured. Ecuador's President Rafael Correa has declared it a state of emergency, with the number of dead expected to rise “considerably” as crews continue to remove bodies from the rubble, Correa said.

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Maggy Martinez, MAP’s Ecuador Country Leader is on the ground reporting that "entire towns have been destroyed, with thousands of people losing their homes."  We are currently preparing necessary aid following the earthquake.  Your support will help us rush medical aid to those in most need in Ecuador.

MAP is currently working with the Ecuadorian government to respond with medical aid to those most impacted by this devastating earthquake. Please keep those affected by this terrible disaster in your prayers as well as our team and partners on the ground.

For updates from MAP's partners in the field and to learn how you can contribute go to https://www.map.org/ecuador-earthquake

Read and share the official press release here.

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