Firefighters check a collapsed house on April 15 after an earthquake hit Mashiki, Japan.  CNS photoCaritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS), the overseas humanitarian arm of the Church in Singapore, has pledged an initial $30,000 in grant aid to Caritas Ecuador and $20,000 to Caritas Japan.

The funds will be used for quake relief efforts – for food, shelter and other necessary support for those affected by the disasters.

CHARIS says it will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on the response from its Caritas counterparts.

Ecuador was left in a state of emergency after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck on the evening of April 16. Buildings were razed to the ground and towns were devastated. Aftershocks followed and continued to hamper relief efforts. There have been at least 655 deaths, 48 people missing and over 2,000 homes and buildings damaged.

On April 14 and 16, two earthquakes ripped through Kumamoto, Japan, leaving 30 people dead, more than 1,500 injured and damaging many homes and buildings. Caritas Japan is working with the Diocese of Fukuoka to offer support for the victims of the earthquake.

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