On 27 February 2010, an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.8 on the Richter scale struck off the Chilean coast with the epicentre 115 km (70 miles) north-east of Concepción and 325 km south-west of Santiago. The earthquake as well as the following tsunami claimed almost 500 lives and left about 500,000 people homeless.
Only a few days after the quake Malteser International together with the Chilean Association of the Order of Malta and the Chilean relief service Auxilio Maltés had started to distribute clothes, blankets, food and water treatment tablets to about 1,000 people severely affected by the quake and the tsunami.
In Chépica, a village with 14,000 inhabitants located 180 km south of Santiago, Malteser International supports small-scale enterprises in the reconstruction of buildings and workshops. Particularly important to Malteser International is also the psychosocial care for children as more than 70 % of them due to fear - didnt return to school after the quake. A psychologist of the Chilean relief service Auxilio Maltés, will provide psychological care for them during the next two months. Furthermore, a counselling service for people with chronic respiratory diseases will be set up and equipped in a community centre.
In Tubul, 60 km south of Concepción, Malteser International concentrates the relief activities to the fishermen and shelldivers who have lost nearly all their belongings and equipment. Almost every one of the 3,000 inhabitants of the village that is among the most severely affected in Chile, is currently living in a tent.
|Dauer:||since February 2010|
|Finanzierung:||Germany's Relief Coalition (ADH), donations|
|Partner:||Auxilio Maltés, Chilean Association of the Order of Malta|