28 April 2016
Figure 1: Destruction at Chamanga Field. Photo by Eduardo Naranjo for Catholic Relief Services.
Ecuador was left in a state of emergency after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck on the evening of 16 April 2016. Buildings were razed to the ground and towns were devastated. Countless aftershocks that followed have greatly hampered relief efforts. To date, there have been 655 deaths, 48 people missing and over 2000 homes and buildings damaged.
Together with the local churches, Caritas Ecuador has been working towards the full recovery of the sites most affected by the earthquake and has called for solidarity to be shared across the Caritas Internationalis network.
On 14 and 16 April 2016, two massive earthquakes ripped through Kumamoto, Japan leaving 30 people dead, more than 1500 injured with many buildings wrecked in the aftermath. Caritas Japan has been working with the Diocese of Fukuoka to offer support for the victims of the Earthquake. Bishop Dominic Ryoji Miyahara of Fukuoka has also pleaded with his diocese to offer places at the parishes and institutions for those in need.
Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS) has pledged an initial SGD 30,000 in grant aid to Caritas Ecuador and SGD 20,000 to Caritas Japan. The funds will be used to aid ground relief efforts – providing food, shelter and other necessary support for the victims affected by the disasters.
CHARIS will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on the response from its Caritas counterparts. For more detailed reports on the disasters, visit http://charis-singapore.org/web/index.php/our-work/disaster-response/disaster-relief-2016
If you wish to donate towards these relief efforts and other humanitarian situations, please call 6337 4119 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.