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article imageWorld Vision begins relief effort in Chile

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By KJ Mullins     Mar 1, 2010 in Environment
World Vision is in Chile handing out blankets and water containers to victims of Saturday's earthquake. The agency says that care is urgently needed in the nation.
The aid group was already in the country in Lota City, Temuco, Concepcion and other areas in the Bio Bio region and the La Araucania region when the quake struck.
A team of six relief and logistics experts flew from Santiago to Concepcion to assess the damage and verify that their staff and community members were safe. Those workers had been cut off from communication and road access since the 8.8 magnitude quake.
World Vision is planning on purchasing water tanks, water purification tablets, cooking items, hygiene kits, blankets and lanterns to aid in the relief effort for Concepcion. The items will be taken to the area as soon as air transport can be arranged.
Just outside of Santiago World Vision reported that many homes are too damaged to safely be resided in. On Sunday the areas were still without water or electricity. School buildings have been damaged, delaying the start of a new school term.
The needs are much greater south of the capital. Children and families in the Santiago region are in urgent need of food, first aid and hygiene kits. Water, disposable diapers and shelter equipment is also urgently needed.
"We are extremely concerned about the emotional impact of so many aftershocks on children. Not only the physical needs, but the psychosocial needs of children in the quake zone will be a priority once the full extent of the needs are known and we can begin delivering much-needed supplies," said Tatiana Benavides, World Vision's national director in Chile in a press release obtained by Digital Journal.
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