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International: Response to Earthquake in Chile

8th April 2014

As the situation becomes clearer after the 1 April earthquake and tsunami that struck northern Chile, The Salvation Army is stepping up its relief operation. A state of emergency in the region, which was put in place by the government within hours of the initial quake, is still in operation and – according to a government official – will remain so for 'as long as is necessary'.

The Salvation Army's South America West Territory has relief teams in place in the affected area, providing assistance to people who have lost homes and livelihoods. Plans are in place to send approximately 20 tonnes of tents, blankets, mattresses and food for distribution. This response is being funded by a US$50,000 donation from the USA Southern Territory.

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4th April 2014

The Salvation Army in Chile is providing much-needed assistance to people affected by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit coastal regions in the north of the country on the evening of 1 April.

More than 2,600 houses were destroyed and many thousands of people were evacuated from their homes when tsunami alarms sounded. Eight people are known to have been killed in the disaster, but the swift evacuation enabled most people to reach safety.

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