Saturday, August 18, 2007

Peru Earthquake, Saturday Morning

The research/relief team is hard at work. Meanwhile, local newspapers report some 33,200 homes have been destroyed in the Ica/Chincha areas. The destruction is overwhelming. The discrepancies you will read in the death tolls are due to the fact that, until a body has been identified, it is not "officially dead." So the volunteer firemen and other workers have one set of statistics, while the government publishes another set.

No single entity will be able to reach out and make a difference. And, as it is with all major disasters, this won't be fixed overnight. But nations from around the world have responded in compassion, giving all kinds of help.

Looting and raiding continues to be a problem. Local officials are asking for the government to send in the military to control the chaos.

Aftershocks continue to frighten almost everyone who feels them. Even this morning at 1 AM the house was popping, cracking, and shuddering; and we were not among those who suffered damages!

More when the team calls in...


startingtoday said...

I've been following your blog for a little while now. I've heard bits and pieces about the earthquake, but hearing your firsthand account of what's going on really hits home.

Kevin, Somewhere in South America said...

Thank you for your concern for this ravaged country. I hope that others will be equally moved, and for those who can, moved to action.