The U.S. has contributed $3 million in food, water and shelter to Ecuador earthquake victims according Michele Thoren Bond, Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Consular Affairs. In addition, says Bond, a team of structural engineers are working with Ecuadorian officials in the earthquake zone to evaluate rebuilding needs and assist in developing new building codes.
“In all, we have 28 people on the ground in Ecuador,” says Bond. “We are working together with the government of Ecuador to assist survivors and victim’s families and develop strategies of how to rebuild in the affected area.”
Bond praised the efforts of U.S. citizens for their contributions and efforts to assist victims following the April 16 earthquake that killed 660 and injured more than 1,600. “I am always heartened to know how generously Americans give of their time and money in circumstances like these.”
The U.S. aid, contributed through the USAID program, amounted to 83 tons of goods distributed through the Ecuadorian Red Cross.
Bond, who visited Manta to see the impact of the earthquake, urged U.S. citizens living in Ecuador to join the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so they can receive information and assistance from the U.S. Consulate in cases of natural disasters. For more information about STEP, click here.