Sunday, February 28, 2010

PLN 15

I just read "Chile President Michelle Bachelet steps up quake rescue" in the BBC News. Although this earthquake was more dangerous than the one in Haiti, it did not do as much damage as the one in Haiti. In some areas of Chile, they are ordering a curfew time so that no one else gets killed. The curfew, which began at 9:00 p.m. local time, applies in the region of Maule - where more than 541 are confirmed dead - and in Concepcion, Chile's second city. The army has been sent south of Santiago to help the police prevent unrest in Concepcion. The mayor said food is running out and the situation in the city is getting out of control. Supermarkets are running out of food and thousands of people still remain homeless.

While the rescue teams are still trying to reach dozens of people believed to be trapped in a collapsed block, other Chileans are spending another night outdoors because they are afraid and can't stay in damaged homes and buildings. Reporters say that about 350 bodies were found in the devastated fishing village of Constitucion - which was hit by both the quake and the tsunami it set off. The emergency measures announced by Ms. Bachelet included Air Force flights to deliver supplies to affected area, free distribution of basic goods in Maule and Biobio regions - distribution points are yet to be decide, and efforts to guarantee electricity distribution, as many areas remain without power.

About 1.5 million homes have been damaged and about 90% of the historic centre of the town of Curico was destroyed. US and European countries have offered aid to Chile, but they say they do not need help.

This matters to the world because it has happened twice in a short period of time. First in Haiti, and now in Chile. Even though Chile doesn't think they need help now, they might end up needing it. If things like this keep happening around the world, bigger countries that help the smaller ones will run out of money to give aid where it is needed. This matters to education because it shows you how countries deal with tragedies and how they are able to keep moving forward, or not.

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