Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Death toll at 799 in Chile quake, government says

Chile EarthquakeImage by James Guppy via Flickr

Mark 13:3 And as he sat on the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? 5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: 6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 7 And when you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars, be you not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. 8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
clipped from www.cnn.com
The death toll from Saturday's 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile has reached nearly 800, the National Emergency Office said Wednesday.

Officials say the tally of 799 dead is likely to increase in coming days as search-and-rescue crews dig into collapsed buildings and discover more bodies.

While that work continued, officials also dealt with another pressing problem: looting and lawlessness in areas of central and southern Chile.

A curfew was set from 6 p.m. Tuesday until noon Wednesday.

"We have seen images that are, frankly, intolerable," Bachelet said. "We want to make it clear that it won't be accepted."

More than 13,000 soldiers were being dispatched to secure order, Bachelet said.

The threat of violence slowed the flow of aid, said Michael Black

"We don't want to spend one more night in the darkness and in fear," she told CNN Chile. "We are no longer hungry, we are so scared."

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