Chile Coping with Earthquake Aftermath

by Emily Baird on March 1, 2010 at 6:30 am

The American Red Cross still hasn’t set up a fund for Chile after the 8.8 magnitude earthquake it experienced Saturday.

The Muskingum Valley Red Cross says that’s because the country already has 40 branches of the Chilean Red Cross located in that area, and those 40 branches already have supplies and volunteers readily available.

Right now, the country is focusing on search and rescue.

"They will find more people. The people that they find, I’m sure it’s going to be more apt that people are trapped alive because of the way the structures were built over there. They’re built to handle earthquakes. I think a lot of people, that’s why they were able to escape, " says Keely Warden of the Muskingum Valley Red Cross.

The clean-up and rebuilding efforts will then follow.

"There’s nothing worse than looking into the lost eyes of a person who’s lost everything they have, especially when it’s a family member. It’s very hard, " says Warden.

Warden says that’s why the American Red Cross tries to provide psychological help too so the country and its people can recover.

So far, the International Red Cross has provided about $300.000 in aide and the American Red Cross has provided about $50,000.