March 1st, 2010
11:01 AM ET

Chile races to deliver aid, combat looting

Karl Penhaul

Rescuers searched for survivors Monday as crews sought to deliver food and water and prevent looting after the fifth strongest earthquake in 100 years ravaged central and southern Chile.

More than 1.5 million people were without power in and around the capital of Santiago, according to Chile's National Emergency Office, but the hardest-hit areas were farther south, in the Maule and Bio Bio regions along the coast.

Authorities said 541 of the 708 reported deaths happened in Maule, where a sewer system collapsed, water towers were close to toppling and communities lacked basic services, the emergency office said.

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  1. Isabel, Brazil •

    It's very sad and scary!

    God help the people in Chile!

    March 1, 2010 at 11:26 am |