Peruvians frustrated by the slow arrival of emergency aid looted pharmacies and fought in food lines three days after a massive earthquake left over 500 dead. Powerful aftershocks sent panic through an already traumatised population as the situation becomes ever more desperate.
The quake which measured 8 on the Richter Scale struck the Ica province with the cities of Pisco and Chincha hardest hit. In Pisco the death toll is so high that bereaved families are finding it difficult to find a plot to bury the dead. On the outskirts of the city, small groups blocked the road stopping and looting aid convoys coming from Lima.
The country’s president Alan Garcia visited the disaster area where he promised food and water he also made it clear that the government would go after looters. But assistance is beginning to arrive countries throughout Latin America as well as the US, Canada and European nations have sent or pledged aid. Meanwhile the search for the missing continues.