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Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace Contributes Five Million Japanese Yen for Relief of Ecuadorean Earthquake Victims

April 2016

The Executive Committee of Rissho Kosei-kai's Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace announced on April 25 that it had decided to allocate five million Japanese yen for emergency relief of victims of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit Ecuador on April 16.The Executive Committee of Rissho Kosei-kai's Donate-a-Meal Fund for Peace, chaired by Rev. Masahiro Nemoto, Rissho Kosei-kai's executive specialist in charge of interreligious cooperation, announced on April 25 that it had decided to allocate five million Japanese yen (about $46,525) for emergency relief of victims of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit Ecuador on April 16. The epicenter was near the town of Muisne in the province of Esmeraldas, northwestern Ecuador. The donation was made to the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP), which had already been aiding local residents.

According to an Ecuadorean government report, as of April 24, 654 people had perished, more than 16,000 were injured, and 58 were missing. More than 13,000 soldiers and police officers have been engaging in rescue and support of the victims. More than 700 aftershocks hampered their activities.

Nearly 7,000 houses were damaged or destroyed, and some 26,000 people were forced to live in shelters. Because of disrupted traffic networks, residents of isolated areas have suffered from a lack of food and medical supplies.

WFP will use the donation for to provide the earthquake victims with food supplies and food vouchers.

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