Emergency in Chile
With a magnitude of 8.8, the earthquake that hit Chile on 27th February was the biggest in 50 years. The epicenter was near Chile’s second largest city, Concepción, but tremors were in neighbouring countries such as Argentina and Peru and tsunami warnings were issued in dozens of countries.
Two weeks later over 500 people have been confirmed dead and over two million have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Two hundred thousand houses have been severely damaged or completely destroyed. Infrastructure and hospitals were also damaged meaning that Chile has needed the help of the international community in the aftermath of the earthquake.
Caritas Chile immediately responded to the earthquake by distributing food and water and by providing tents. Its work has focused on Santiago and dioceses and parishes in the provinces of Concepción, Talca, Temuco and Rancagua.
Two weeks after the earthquake, Caritas had helped over 520,000 people with items such as food, water, tents and medicines. Caritas is also making assessments to build houses that will last.
RESOURCESAnnual Report 2011Emergency GuidelinesEmergency Response Tool KitEmergency Appeals 2012Emergency Appeals 2011Emergency Appeals 2010Emergencies on Caritas BlogBridging the Gap between Policy and Practice