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UNICEF delivers 20,000 water purification tablets to survivors of Ecuador earthquake

Children's agency appeals for $1 million for its emergency response

QUITO/PANAMA/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 17 April 2016 - UNICEF delivered today 20,000 water purification tablets to Pedernales, the area worst affected by the earthquake that hit Ecuador last night. A UNICEF team is on the ground assessing the impact of the quake on children.

At least 246 people have died so far and more than 2,500 people have been injured. The damage is heaviest in Pedernales, Chone, Muisne, Bahía de Caráquez, Manta, Portoviejo, Esmeraldas and Guayaquil, spurring the Government to declare a state of emergency.

UNICEF will continue to work with humanitarian partners to provide education, protection and water and sanitation supplies, including school kits and tents.Urgent priorities include preventing the spread of diseases, protecting children who may get separated from their families, providing affected children with psychosocial support and offering them temporary learning opportunities.

UNICEF will need $1 million to meet the immediate needs of the quake-affected children.



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For further information, please contact:

Andrea Apolo, UNICEF Ecuador, aapolo@unicef.org; + 593 99 487 534

Marisol Quintero, UNICEF Regional Office in Panama, mquintero@unicef.org; +507 656 92718

Najwa Mekki, UNICEF New York, nmekki@unicef.org; + 1917 209 1804




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