Chilean Red Cross responds to earthquake

Published: 21 September 2015 2:40 CET

Update on the situation and response

Following the 8.4 earthquake that struck the north of Chile on September 16th 2015, the National Emergency Office of the Chilean Ministry of the Interior (ONEMI, per its acronym in Spanish) reports 13 fatalities, four people missing and nine injured, 62 homes destroyed, 192 houses rendered uninhabitable due to severe damage; Utilities providers have indicated that 34,009 customers are currently without power and 9,070 customers without drinking water.

The National Headquarters of Chilean Red Cross immediately activated the crisis room and are still monitoring and coordinating the response, and 9 branches were activated to respond to the earthquake and tsunami in Arica, Atacama, Coquimbo, Valparaiso and Metropolitan region (Santiago).

60 volunteers are supporting evacuations, monitoring and evaluation actions and 100 volunteers are on alert for deployment.

Chilean Red Cross moved quickly to reach the area and provide first response. Four vehicles with humanitarian personnel and material assistance (kitchen kits, hygiene kits, water and tools) for 200 families were deployed to the area and delivered.

Additionally, a field response team was mobilized from Santiago (staff specialized in telecommunications, water and sanitation, psychosocial support, logistics and disaster management) to conduct evaluations in the area.


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