Rescuers searched for survivors Monday as crews sought to deliver food and water and prevent looting after the fifth strongest earthquake in some 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 after Saturday's 8.8-magnitude quake were farther south in the Maule and Bio Bio regions along the coast.
Authorities said 544 of the 723 reported deaths were 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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