More aftershocks have hit parts of Peru, already badly-damaged in Wednesday’s massive earthquake. The latest registered 6 on the Richter Scale, provoking panic and fear on the streets. Rescuers continued to search for survivors of the main tremor, which killed at least 500 people. More than 300 aftershocks have so far been recorded. Ica province, south of the capital Lima, is the worst-hit area, where most of the victims died. Many people are sleeping in the open, despite the cold of winter, fearing more buildings may collapse. Aid is beginning to arrive, clothes, food and medicine, with make-shift medical centres set up to treat the injured.
Thousands were left homeless by the quake. Nearly 20,000 buildings were destroyed in Pisco alone, where some 70 percent of the town was destroyed. The airforce is running non-stop rescue flights ferrying survivors to hospital. From the air Ica looks, as one official said, like it has been flattened by a bomb.