Chile: Government hails reconstruction progress 6 Months after Quake

The Chilean government said Friday the 27 of August  that significant reconstruction progress has been made in the six months since a devastating earthquake that left nearly 500 dead and caused some $30 billion in damage.

President Sebastian Piñera’s administration, which took office two weeks after the Feb. 27 quake struck just off the coast of central Chile, praised advances in education, health, public infrastructure, housing, employment and industry.

The government allocated 12 billion pesos ($24 million) to repair schools after 74 educational facilities between the central regions of Valparaiso and Araucania suffered damage.

Six months after the quake, 91 percent of the affected bridges are in operation, 99 percent of damaged roads have been repaired, 100 percent of airport infrastructure has been fully recovered and 92 percent of the fishing villages, or caletas – also affected by an earthquake-generated tsunami – are functioning normally.

The government also cited the recovery of irrigation canals, reservoirs and sewers.

“There’s still work to do; obviously work remains. We’re going to have to rebuild this country and it’s going to take at least four years, but we’re going to do it well,”  said Ena von Baer, government spokesperson to ADN radio Friday.

Source: Latin American Herald Tribune, 30 August 2010


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