The survivors of last Sunday's earthquake in Northern Peru now live in fear of new tremors forecast for the region over the next month or more.
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Background: The survivors of last Sunday's earthquake in Northern Peru now live in fear of new tremors forecast for the region over the next month or more.
Among the worst-hit places was the major fishing port of Chimbote, where over 1,000 bodies had been recovered by yesterday. 80 per cent of the houses in Chimbote were damaged, and none of the buildings left standing are occupied. 200 badly injured inhabitants were flown to Lima.
The town's only hospital was particularly destroyed.
An estimated total of 600,000 earthquake victims are trapped in sub-zero temperatures, deprived of food and medical supplies. The number of dead is thought to be around 40,000 but this is an estimate which no one will ever be able to verify accurately. Today, giant U.S. transport aircraft carried blood plasma and food to Chimbote. Earlier U.S. relief flights had brought blankets, and tents, as well as food and medical supplies, to the disaster area.
This is part of a massive international drive to help the hard-pressed Peruvian authorities in their rescue work.