UNDP experts deployed to Ecuador after powerful earthquake

Apr 18, 2016

Quito/New York – The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is deploying a team of experts to provide support in three areas: rapid assessment of damage and needs, recovery coordination and debris management—working hand in hand with Government agencies at the national and local levels.

UNDP experts will provide technical assistance on the adequate destruction of unsafe buildings and how to dispose of and recycle rubble, in line with the work done in the aftermath of other massive earthquakes, including in Haiti and in Nepal.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of lives and the impact on the health and livelihoods of thousands of earthquake-affected women, men and children,” said UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Jessica Faieta.

“In addition to the immediate support to victims we are working with the Government to help affected communities get back on their feet: clearing debris and enabling people to resume their lives as quickly as possible.”

 

Contact information

In Ecuador: Jose Martino, jose.martino@undp.org; In New York: Carolina Azevedo, Carolina.azevedo@undp.org,  
 

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