Security staff, physicians and volunteers; food rations, water or medicines. The assistance to those affected by the 7.8M earthquake that occurred in Manabi and Esmeraldas tests the organizational capability of the state.
The first days the reaction was almost ‘instinctively.’ Now, the details of coordination of the central government, local governments and even the private sector and citizenship are refined.
Officially, the President is the one in charge. He directs the Emergency Operations Committee (COE), at national level.
His ‘orders’ is made operative through eight sectoral working groups: water distribution, health, infrastructure, care for the population, security, means of livelihood and productivity, education, environment and strategic sectors.