The Aftermath of Chile’s Earthquake
The aftermath of Chile’s earthquake has been anything but positive. Aftershocks continue to happen, looters are running rampant, and the death toll has climbed to over 700 thus far.
At least 500,000 houses were destroyed or damaged. There is also a “growing number of people” listed as missing, according to President Michele Bachelet. She also stated that “we are facing a catastrophe of such unthinkable magnitude that it will require a giant effort”.
The looters have been worst of all. Every type of store or market you can think of has been looted. Items ranging from food and water to electronics were pillaged from these stores. Bachelet signed a decree that now allows the military control over the security of the province of Concepcion, where much of the looting is taking place. A 9 pm to 6 am curfew is also being placed into effect. During this time, only security forces and emergency personnel will be allowed to roam the streets.
Electricity and water supplies are currently down and much help is needed. Bachelet has noted that they need field hospitals, temporary bridges, water purification plants, rescuers and damage assessment experts. She also announced that certain necessities will be given away for free at some of the major supermarkets, in hopes to deter further looting. The distribution will be done under the supervision of authorities. Citizens can also expect food and water distributions from the police and soldiers.
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By Heidi Marshall
– Original lead image by “todos nuestros muertos” on Flickr