Ecuador’s U.N. Workers Become Rescuers

By Dialogo
April 01, 2010



Beginning in 2003, Ecuador and Chile formed the Chiecuencoy engineering
company as their contingent for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti,
or MINUSTAH, performing construction work and providing support to civil
organizations.The company of Ecuadorean blue helmets is made up of
The company of Ecuadorean blue helmets is made up of a contingent of 66
individuals, including four engineering officers and 62 troops specialized in
operating machinery and heavy equipment. Up to now, 11 military contingents have
provided services, becoming carriers of a message of peace and progress for the
Haitian population.
Immediately following the earthquake, the Ecuadorean company of engineers, as
part of MINUSTAH, participated actively in search and rescue operations, medical
care, humanitarian aid, debris removal and water distribution, obtaining the
following results:
Rescue/Recovery Activities: Ecuadorean Company of Engineers

Hotel Montana (day 1), Persons alive: 7, Persons deceased: 1, Total:
8
Housing behind the base, Persons alive: 5, Persons deceased: 2, Total:
7
Hotel Montana vicinity, PErsons alive: 4, Persons deceased: 0, Total:
4
Pan-American House Delmas 60, Persons Alive: 1, Persons deceased: 0,
Total: 1
Hotel Montana (after day 1), Persons Alive: 10, Persons decease: 17, Total
: 27
Total Alive: 27, Total deceased: 20, Total: 47

The rescue operations were carried out around the clock, with the personnel
organized into groups and working eighthour shifts, focused primarily in the
vicinity of the Hotel Montana, where there were about 200 people at the time of the
disaster. The Ecuadorean contingent administered first aid to the injured, while
other teams searched among the ruins in the hope of finding people alive. These
tasks extended for approximately two weeks, followed by debris removal using heavy
machinery and the recovery of the remains of those who regrettably perished in the
disaster.
Likewise, the country formed the Ecuador Task Force- Humanitarian Mission to
Haiti, made up of specialized personnel from the Red Cross, firefighters, the Armed
Forces and the national police, who had the necessary equipment for search and
rescue operations; the task force arrived in Port-au-Prince 48 hours after the
earthquake. In coordinattion with rescue teams from other countries, members
conducted searches for trapped victims, supported by trained dogs, but despite the
effort made, only corpses could be recovered. The task force not only put its
contingent at the service of the Haitian people but also delivered provisions to
local humanitarian aid organizations for distribution to the victims.
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