Pedernales, in the Esmeralda province, was one of the most destroyed areas in the country, being approximately 27 km away
from the center of the earthquake. Pedernales was once an attraction for tourists, full with hotels, that are now destroyed.
Tabuga. 720 000 is the number of people directly damaged by the earthquake, 250 000 of which are children.
Reconstruction work in Tabuga. 30 000 houses, 560 schools and 50 hospitals were destroyed by the earthquake.
The main church in Pedernales. There have been 2500 aftershocks since the earthquake.
A family at home in Tabuga.
A house in Tabuga.
Two girls applying nail polish in La Chorrera informal settlement. As of today (September 2016), only 8000 people
are hosted in formal settlements, whereas there are thousands of informal settlements all over the region.
One of the houses in La Chorrera informal settlement.
La Chorrera informal settlement. People are getting used to the idea of living in an informal
settlement, they have no idea of when and if they will be able to get back to a normal life.
La Chorrera informal settlement. There is no electricity or drinkable water in the settlement, except for the one UNICEF provides.
A child buys her snack at the tent school in Coaque, which is supported by UNICEF.
A young mother washes her baby in La Chorrera informal settlement. The earthquake broke everything, including water pipes.
With the rainy season and the stagnating water, the environment was prolific for mosquitos, bearers of Zika disease.
Two thousand cases of Zika have been registered since the day of the earthquake.
Emilia, 9, playing with her doves in the dwelling she has been displaced to with her grand-parents after the earthquake.
Midmorning break at the school in Coaque.