Chile Earthquake
The British Red Cross has launched an emergency appeal to support people affected by the massive earthquake in Chile on 27 February 2010.

More than 300 people are reported killed so far and the Chilean government estimates around two million more are affected by the disaster.

People are being assisted with search and rescue and medical assistance, as well as basic amenities like water, sanitation and shelter – however, the needs are great.

The Chilean Red Cross is already working on the ground in partnership with emergency services, carrying out search and rescue operations and damage assessments, and giving medical assistance where necessary.

Aftershocks continue, many between 5.5 and 6.5 on the Richter scale, and thus significant in their own right.

The British Red Cross made an initial £50,000 donation from its Disaster Fund to support the immediate response.

Find out more about the British Red Cross Chile earthquake appeal
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