People reeling from Ecuador’s April 16 earthquake need food and essential supplies more than hands-on help at this point.
Furthermore, volunteers may be doing more harm than good. “Many volunteers have arrived; many do not have food and are not self-sufficient when it comes to food and shelter; this complicates things a bit,” said Jorge Zambrano, the mayor of Manta, a coastal city in a hard-hit province.
IRIN also provides an interactive graphic of the numbers affected:
- 113 rescued alive, 155 missing, and 587 dead
- 8,340 injured
- 25,376 homeless