Ecuadorian government closed two new shelters after quake-affected citizens were given a house

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Guayaquil, March 10 (Andes).- The Ecuadorian government closed Thursday two shelters in the province of Manabi where hundreds of families affected by the earthquake of April 2016 lived. These families now have houses in urban complexes built as part of the Reconstruction Plan.

Vice president Jorge Glas and head of the Technical Reconstruction Secretariat definitely closed shelters in the coastal cities of Portoviejo and Manta, the worst-hit by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake.

The vice president said that since December 2016, 6 of the 24 shelters have been closed and explained that there are still 4.000 citizens in these shelters located in the provinces of Manabí and Esmeraldas.

“It’s a very hard challenge,” said Glas and added they expect to close all shelters before the end of the government’s term.

Minister of Economic and Social Inclusion Lidice Larrea said 50.875 people in Manabí had access to housing bonds and food vouchers which allowed them to resume their activities after losing everything during the earthquake.

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