Fr. John Prager CM, Visitor of the Province of Ecuador and Director of the Daughters of Charity in Ecuador today (April 19, 2016) sent us this report on situation in both communities after the earthquake:
“The following is the news I have for the moment:
1. All the confreres and sisters are fine.
2. The Congregation does not have houses in the affected zone (coast). The sisters do.
3. Some of the houses of the Congregation have experienced light damage (small cracks in the walls) and the crucifix of the school in Guayaquil fell down.
4. Some of the houses of the sisters have suffered some damage, but I do not have details.
5. They are going to evacuate the elderly sisters because there is neither electricity nor water in Manta where they reside. Some of the sisters spent the night in the street with the people.
Until now they have found 300 dead and more wounded in the communities on the coast. This number will rise because there are more than a thousand people missing (under the rubble?).
Thousands of homes in the provinces of Manabi and Esmeraldas have been destroyed or damaged. But since the roads, bridges, etc. have been affected and there is no electricity, communication is slow and incomplete. Only emergency vehicles are permitted in the affected zone for the moment.
The sisters are organizing a team of Vincentian volunteers to go to the zone to help the people affected. The parishes of the confreres are taking up collections of food, money, etc. to help.
That is all for now.
Thank you for your prayers.
John P. Prager, C.M.
Visitor of Ecuador