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ECUADOR EARTHQUAKE APRIL 2016
HOW YOU CAN HELPThe death toll from Saturday April 16th., 2016 devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador has risen to 525 and could increase by many more, authorities in the country say. Figures given by officials for the number of people missing ranged from 231 to 1,700. Thousands of people have been left homeless, making them vulnerable to dirty drinking water and disease.
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Meanwhile a new 6.2 magnitude quake struck off the Ecuadorean coast on April 20th, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. International aid groups have dispatched doctors and psychologists, and dogs trained to search for survivors. Workers are also setting up plants to clean drinking water.
The Ecuadorian Red Cross has more than 800 volunteers and staff deployed in coastal cities in search and rescue operations, to help those hurt by the quake. You can donate to the Red Cross’ search, rescue and health support efforts here. The Ecuador Red Cross has teams on the ground providing first aid and searching for survivors.
World Food Program is providing food assistance to more than 5,000 families affected by the earthquake. The WFP is sending enough food to feed 8,000 of the most severely affected people
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said it would send shelter and mosquito nets in an airlift due within 48 hours
Save the Children said it was working "around the clock" and trying to ensure children can continue their education despite the damage
BBC NEWS - Ecuador quake deaths pass 500 with hundreds still missing
Reuters - Another quake, magnitude 6.2, strikes off Ecuador coast
NBC - Ecuador Earthquake: How to Help Victims
CNN - Ecuador earthquake: How you can help
HUFFINGTON POST - How To Help Ecuador Earthquake Victims
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