At least 150,000 boys, girls and adolescents are affected by the earthquake in Ecuador, according to UNICEF’s initial estimates.

“We are in a race against time to protect children from diseases and other risks that are common in this type of emergencies”, said Grant Leaity, UNICEF Representative in Ecuador.

According to preliminary data from official reports, the earthquake has damaged 119 schools so far, affecting some 88,000 children. Other damage includes 805 buildings destroyed and 608 damaged, 2 hospitals collapsed in Portoviejo and Chone, and other damage that the Ministry of Public Health is assessing.

In some of the zones most seriously affected, landslides are causing further damage to infrastructure and impeding access. Some cities still have electrical blackouts and only 40% of communication lines are working.

Needs identified by UNICEF involve health, water and sanitation, since these zones are at risk for Zika, Dengue, Malaria and Chikungunya.

UNICEF are working in Pedernales and Esmeraldas, in two of the zones most heavily affected by the earthquake, evaluating needs and conditions of boys, girls and adolescents.