Chile Death Count Nears 800

March 3, 2010

Chile (ChattahBox) – The death toll of the massive 8.8 earthquake in Chile has reached 799, with more feared dead as search and rescue continues.

Aid has been making its’ way into the region, but food and water in some areas is still scarce as relief groups fight through the rubble.

Many areas have been given a curfew, and soldiers monitor the streets to protect against lawlessness and looting.

“Nobody can argue that taking a refrigerator is an act of survival,” President Michelle Bachelet said in another statement, reminding looters that they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent.

“That is simply vandalism and delinquency.”

The curfew in place is strict, and 35 people have so far been arrested for breaking it.

Aid has finally reached many areas with food and water, with further provisions being sent out daily and distributed among the population.

Searches are also continuing for survivors trapped in the rubble, stories from the recent earthquake in Haiti and those found after days, or even weeks, under fallen buildings creating an added sense of urgency.

However, fear that no more survivors will be found as the death toll climbs is a real one in those areas largely devastated by one of the largest earthquakes on record.



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