Chile quake death toll hits 708 as rescue ramps up

Reminds me of the Khillari earthquake in the Latur district during childhood. Same incident happened there too. VEry unfortunate.

Heroism and banditry mingled on Chiles shattered streets as rescuers braved aftershocks digging for survivors and the government sent soldiers and ordered a nighttime curfew to quell looting. The death toll climbed to 708 in one of the biggest earthquakes in centuries. In the hard-hit city of Concepcion, firefighters pulling survivors from a toppled apartment block were forced to pause because of tear gas fired to stop looters, who were wheeling off everything from microwave ovens to canned milk at a damaged supermarket across the street. Efforts to determine the full scope of destruction were undermined by an endless string of terrifying aftershocks that continued to turn buildings into rubble. Officials said yesterday 5,00,000 houses were destroyed or badly damaged, and President Michele Bachelet said ‘a growing number’ of people were listed as missing.

via Chile quake death toll hits 708 as rescue ramps up.

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