On April 16, 2015 southern Ecuador was shaken by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that left more than 1,000 dead and 29,000 people homeless.
Since the time of the earthquake, more than 900 aftershocks of lesser magnitude shook the region, six of them with magnitude greater than 6.
More than eight hundred buildings were destroyed, six hundred other affected buildings and 280 schools were damaged, leaving more than 120 thousand children without school, according to UNICEF.
To finance the reconstruction, the local government announced that it will raise taxes, but according to Moody’s rating agency, such measures will not be sufficient and the Ecuadorian economy that has already difficulties, may deteriorate further. The most affected cities were Pedernales, Portoviejo and Manta, where little or nothing withstood the tremor.
Fluz Quito |UNICEF