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Looting worsens in quake-hit Chile

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Looting worsens in quake-hit Chile

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Soldiers and police in Chile are struggling to contain looting among a population left desperate by Saturday’s earthquake.

Some 7,000 troops have been deployed to maintain order and hand out aid, and a night-time curfew has been extended until midday.

Hundreds of people have been detained for breaking the curfew and pillaging goods from supermarkets.

But with broken roads undermining efforts to distribute basic supplies, many Chileans say they have no choice but to steal.

In the town of Concepcion, one woman said she needed nappies for her children but was stopped by police from taking them out of the shop, adding that she would try again later on.

In coastal areas, after the earthquake came the tsunami. Boats were destroyed, and with them livelihoods.

More than 700 people are known to have died in the earthquake and hundreds are still missing. Half a million homes have been destroyed.