Food is returning to the supermarkets in Chile seven days after the earthquake struck. Food deliveries to Concepcion, amongst the hardest hit cities in the country, have been repeated in many areas.
Hundreds of troops patrolled the streets to prevent looting, which had been rife in the chaos which followed the devastating quake. To date the government estimates it has handed out 2,800 tons of food but admits there are still problems reaching some parts of the country. The government has remained tight lipped on the cost of the damage while the UN has pledged over eight million euros and wants better preparation in future.
“We must be prepared to have better structured framework to prevent all these disasters. The United Nations makes a high priority in having and promoting disaster-risk reduction structures and we hope that we will continue to work together on that,” explained Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary-General.
The glitz and glamour of a national fundraising telethon hides the criticism the governement is receiving. “A comedy of errors,” is how one website summed up its handling of the crisis. The head of the agency responsible for issuing catastrophe warnings has been sacked. One week on there is much for the incoming President, Sebastian Pinera to ponder.