Ecuador Earthquake: Contribution UN Flash Appeal, UNICEF WASH

Projet terminé

On 16 April, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck coastal areas in north-west Ecuador. Six provinces are declared “state of emergency”. On 22.04.16 the UN issued a Flash Appeal which aims at multi-sector life-saving assistance, protection services and immediate livelihood restoration for the next three months. Within the Appeal, UNICEF plans to support 60’000 people with the re-establishment of primary water mains and temporary solutions to replace the damaged public water supply grids in highly affected municipalities.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Aide humanitaire & RRC
Assistance matérielle
02.05.2016 - 31.07.2016
CHF  350’000

On 16 April, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake (Richter scale) struck coastal areas in north-west Ecuador, its epicentre located close to the town of Muisne and 170km northwest of the capital Quito.  Although the epicentre was situated in a remote rural area, several towns in coastal provinces were affected. More than 300 aftershocks have been registered to date. It is estimated that approximately 720’000 of the 7 million people living in six affected provinces have suffered from the earthquake and require assistance. As of 28.04.2016 (figures from the Ecuadorian Government), there are 659 reported deaths, more than 30’000 injured and 29’000 people living now in shelters. Close to 7’000 buildings were destroyed and 560 schools were damaged.


The Flash Appeal frames the immediate humanitarian response by the UN and participating NGOs, in close coordination with and complementing Government relief efforts.

UNICEF’s WASH project objectives are:

  • Improve the provision of safe water and hygiene services in municipalities where the damage of the water grid is hampering WASH conditions;
  • Installation of communal WASH services in key strategic areas in coordination with local authorities.
Groupes cibles

60’000 individuals in highly affected municipalities

Effets à moyen terme

Increased access to safe water, sanitation support and hygiene promotion for displaced and non-displaced persons.


Principaux résultats attendus:  

  • Water trucking to bladder and tanks;
  • Repair of water mains and establishment of a temporary grid via primary tank to secondary tanks and bladders

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Aide humanitaire
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Organisme des Nations Unies (ONU)
  • Fonds des Nations Unies pour l’enfance

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs

Coordination and synergies with other UN partners, INGOs and NGOs present in the field.

Close coordination with the Government.

Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    350’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    350’015 Projet total depuis la première phase Budget y compris partenaires de projet CHF   350’000
Phases du projet

Phase 15 02.05.2016 - 31.07.2016   (Completed)

Phase 14 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2016   (Completed) Phase 13 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2016   (Completed) Phase 12 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2016   (Completed) Phase 11 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2015   (Completed) Phase 10 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2015   (Completed) Phase 9 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2015   (Completed) Phase 8 01.12.2014 - 30.06.2015   (Completed) Phase 7 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2014   (Completed) Phase 6 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2014   (Completed) Phase 5 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2014   (Completed) Phase 4 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2013   (Completed) Phase 3 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2013   (Completed) Phase 2 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2013   (Completed) Phase 1 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2013   (Completed)