Monday, March 1

Chile's Eearthquake Death Toll Surpassed 700

THIS is catastrophe of such unthinkable magnitude that it will require a giant effort for Chile to recover. The government sharply raised the death toll surpassed 700 from Saturday's 8.8 magnitude quake as harrowing scenes of destruction emerged in isolated towns swamped by the giant waves that were triggered by one of the strongest earthquakes in a century. President Michelle Bachelet promised imminent deliveries of food, water and shelter for thousands living on the streets.

SCALE of damages from Saturday's huge earthquake in now becoming clear. As economist predicted, the deep impact damaged the industrial and agricultural sectors. Thousands are homeless and communication lines have been cut off. Looting has broken out in Concepcion, in the South of Chile.
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