After 570 dead, aid struggling to reach Ecuador earthquake survivors

“We’re eating the vegetables we grow,” said lawyer Galo Garcia of San Jacinto in line with hundreds of others for government-supplied relief, some waiting for hours for just food and water.

 

Aid is failing to reach the most remote parts of Ecuador. President Rafael Correa denies a lack of aid but acknowledges problems with distribution.

 

While Ecuador’s response was swift and more than 25,000 survivors have so far been sheltered in soccer stadiums and airports, shattered roads and infrastructure have limited ability of aid to reach many of Ecuador’s most vulnerable.

 

Jose Rodriguez drove two hours to pick up supplies and food. “I came here to see if they could give me something but it’s impossible,” he said after giving his address to a military officer.

 

Monetary damage is estimated to be between $2 billion and $3 billion. International aid groups have sent doctors, psychologists, and other professionals and supplies to support survivors.

 

CARE’s humanitarian workers on the ground in Ecuador are helping provide water, food and shelter. CARE is accepting donations to help with relief efforts. Please give what you can.