Ecuador was hit by an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, making it the largest earthquake in the past 35 years. The epicentre of the earthquake was the Province of Manabí, in the northeast of the country. Thousands were injured and around 500 people died, with over 2,000 that went missing and about 20,000 people became homeless. Five trucks of essentials such as blankets, water, food, personal hygiene kits etc. were sent to the place.