Earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan and Flooding in Houston Coordination Webinar
- 11:00am - 11:30am: Overview of earthquake response efforts in Ecuador
- 11:30am - 12:00pm: Overview of earthquake response efforts in Japan
- 12:00pm - 12:30pm: Overview of flood response efforts in Houston
The Honorable Jorge Glas, Vice President, Ecuador
Patricia Hampton, Team Lead for Latin America and the Caribbean, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, USAID
David Klein, Advisor, Emergency and Economic Recovery, United Nations Development Programme
David Meltzer, Chief International Affairs Officer and General Counsel, American Red Cross
Chris Skopec, Senior Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response, International Medical Corps
Southern Japan Earthquake
On Saturday, April 16, 2016, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck Japan’s Kumamoto prefecture displacing more than 90,000 people to 632 temporary shelters across the region. At least 48 people lost their lives as hundreds of aftershocks have hampered relief efforts and caused people throughout the region to sleep outside or in their cars for fears of additional earthquakes. The quake was reportedly shallow, which caused severe damage to roads, bridges, and tunnels and thousands of homes are still without electricity, water, or gas. Southern Japan Earthquake Corporate Aid Tracker.
Also on Saturday, April 16, 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake left at least 480 people dead, 1,700 missing, and more than 4,000 injured in northern Ecuador, particularly the Manabi Province. Defense Minister Ricardo Patiño said it is the worst tragedy Ecuador has faced in 60 years, and President Rafael Correa has said that rebuilding will cost billions of dollars and may inflict a huge toll on the economy. The cities of Manta, Portoviejo, and Pedernales saw the most devastation. Ecuador Earthquake Corporate Aid Tracker.
Flooding in Houston, TX
On Monday, April 18, 2016, floodwaters inundated more than 1,000 houses in Houston, Texas after 17 inches of rain fell in less than 24 hours. Officials expect the Houston area will receive another 1 to 3 inches of rain over the next few days. Seven people died as a result of the flooding and Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency in nine counties. Emergency crews have made more than 1,200 high-water rescues throughout the region.
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