Food Finally Reaches Chile’s Tsunami Zone

After five days, supplies are finally reaching Chileans stranded without food or water in tsunami-hit Constitucion.

Chilean government special envoy Laura Abornoz says trucks loaded with supplies for tens of thousands of people are arriving in the coastal area worst hit by Saturday’s giant wave, which claimed hundreds of lives.

“Restoring order and feeding the hungry are our top priority,” Ms Abornoz said.

Five days after disaster struck, more and more people are fleeing low-lying towns, fearing a new tsunami and waving hand-written signs at passing vehicles urging them to help. Local resident Andrea Luna Casanova said she fled her home with her two children when the earthquake struck.

“I want to go home, but my little girls won’t go back. They cry whenever we mention it,” Ms Casanova said.

“They were terrified by the quake. We live on the seventh floor. It just shook and shook.”

The 10,000 to 20,000 people left homeless in Constitucion have pitched tents on basketball grounds and any spot on high ground, seeking safety from threats of a fresh tsunami in the wake of the 200 aftershocks which have rattled the nation.The Chilean government plans to begin handing out 20,000 rations in the town’s football stadium, where a canteen will offer hot food and clean water for the destitute.

At least one in five people in the town’s population is now homeless.

AFP

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