United States Responds to Ecuador Earthquake

Secretary Kerry called Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Guillaume Long today to express condolences for the tragic loss of life stemming from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck on April 16 killing approximately 400 people and injuring more than 2,600 others. During the call, Secretary Kerry reiterated the commitment of the people of the United States to supporting the Ecuadorian people in this trying time.

Secretary Kerry also noted to Foreign Minister Long that a USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance team has arrived in Ecuador to coordinate the U.S. response and support the distribution of emergency relief supplies to earthquake-affected populations. The USAID disaster team will assist the Government of Ecuador by assessing earthquake damage, identifying priority humanitarian needs, and providing information and analysis of the situation on the ground.

A separate support team-- also deployed by USAID-- will work with the United Nation's Disaster Assessment and Coordination team, which is helping Ecuador coordinate international rescue activities. USAID is also providing an initial $100,000 for critical supplies to help communities affected by the earthquake. More assistance may be forthcoming based on disaster assessments.

Interested in helping those affected by the earthquake in Ecuador? The best way to help those affected by a disaster overseas is to make a monetary donation to a reputable humanitarian organization working in the disaster zone. As a U.S. government agency, USAID does not accept donations for its crisis response efforts, but non-governmental organizations may issue appeals for donations depending on the crisis. Find out how you can identify reputable, established organizations that make the most of monetary or material donations or how your organization can become a USAID disaster response partner.

As Secretary reiterated during his call with Foreign Minister Long, the United States stands ready to assist in any way possible in the days and weeks ahead.

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Rescue workers organize themselves before they search for earthquake survivors in Portoviejo, Ecuador, Monday, April 18, 2016.
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April 19, 2016

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