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Situation in Peru's earthquake zone-desperate

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The situation in the Peruvian towns demolished by a massive earthquake is becoming ever more desperate as hunger begins to bite. Some 600 Peruvian soldiers have been deployed on the streets of Pisco, Chincha and ICA to quell the violence and looting.

Survivors in this predominantly Catholic country took solace from the fact that statues of Jesus Christ and number of saints survived in tact when the Church of San Clemente collapsed killing 150.

Meanwhile rescue teams with sniffer dogs continue to pull rotting corpses from the rubble a task made more dangerous as the area continues to be hit by strong aftershocks. Now the exodus begins as roads heading north became clogged with vehicles piled high with furniture.

More than five hundred died in the quake which measured 8 on the Richter Scale leaving 1,000 injured and up to 33,000 homeless.