ACT Alliance Appeal: Support to earthquake affected, Chile

by Elisabeth Gouel | | ACT Alliance - Switzerland
Thursday, 15 May 2014 15:23 GMT

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Appeal Target: US${esc.dollar} 97,047

Balance Requested: US${esc.dollar} 90,062

Geneva, 13 May 2014

On 1st April 2014 an earthquake of 8.2 magnitude struck the northern region of Chile, triggering a tsunami alert and killing at least six people.  The most affected regions were Arica, Tarapaca, Parinacota and Antofagasta, the northern and desert areas of Chile, rich in minerals, especially copper. So far there have been 717 aftershocks, of which 52 have been perceived by the population, creating emotional instability in the population.

A number of adobe homes were reported destroyed in Arica and Iquique and the tsunami in this area, with waves up to 3 meters, affected most of the small fishing vessels.  Drinkable water supplies remain a challenge, only 40% of the services are working normally and 2,000 wells out of 9,000have been totally destroyed. Most of the population is showing stress and traumatic symptoms.  

The ACT Chile forum is proposing to provide support to 500 of the most affected families by the earthquake in Alto Hospicio, Iquique in Tarapaca region. Priority need: psychosocial support.

This Full Appeal replaces the Preliminary Appeal issued on 11 April 2014.

For the full appeal document, please click here.