Saturday, February 27, 2010
Westport’s Save the Children said today it is readying to send its emergency assessment team to Chile, site of a massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake.
The quake struck near Chile’s second-largest city, Concepción, and has caused extensive damage. The capital Santiago, about 200 miles north of the epicentre, was also badly hit. Powerful aftershocks continue.”
“Any disaster increases the vulnerability of children,” said Charles MacCormack, Save the Children’s president and CEO. “And we know from experience that an earthquake of this enormity — with widespread destruction of homes, schools, infrastructure and piece of mind — will put thousands of children at risk.”
He added, “It is critical to reach affected children and families now in the early hours and meet their immediate survival needs. At the same time, we must also ensure that children, because they are at greater risk, are protected and nurtured as their country begins the difficult relief and recovery process.”
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