100 babies born a day in quake hit towns
An estimated 100 babies are born every day in Esmeraldas and Manabí, two provinces badly affected by the Ecuador earthquake.
It has been one month since the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador and killed 660 people.
According to UNICEF thousands of people are living in informal shelters that lack basic services and 120,000 children are in urgent need of temporary educational spaces.
Due to the extensive damage aid agencies are concerned of a possible health catastrophe.
‘In a region where 1 in 5 children suffer from diarrhoea and chronic malnutrition, it is essential to provide these babies with the basic needs to survive and thrive,’ Grant Leaity the UNICEF Representative in Ecuador said in a statement.
The quake destroyed water systems and damaged 33 health centres, half of which are not operational.
The earthquake also damaged or destroyed up to 560 schools and almost 10,000 buildings.
UNICEF has warned that funding for assistance remains extremely low.
The agency requires $15 million to meet the needs of 250,000 children until mid-July. So far, it has received only 15 per cent of this amount.http://www.people24x7.org/100-babies-born-a-day-in-quake-hit-towns/https://i2.wp.com/www.people24x7.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/external.jpg?fit=650%2C366https://i2.wp.com/www.people24x7.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/external.jpg?resize=150%2C150FEATURED POSTSfeatured