Peru earthquake survivors loot, fight for food

A major humanitarian disaster is shaping up, and word isn’t in yet from the more remote areas, after the 8.0 intensity earthquake, reports Jean Luis Arce for Reuters:

Peruvians frustrated over slow emergency aid looted pharmacies and scuffled in food lines Friday as rescuers picked through rubble for survivors two days after a massive earthquake killed at least 510 people.

The Pacific coast city of Pisco, one of the hardest hit by the quake, suffered so many deaths that families squabbled in a graveyard over spots to bury their dead.

With the death toll still rising from a magnitude 8.0 earthquake that struck south of the capital Lima Wednesday evening, a powerful aftershock renewed panic Friday and some people sprinted away from food lines in Pisco.

Read the rest at the link above. Thanks to Instapundit for the pointer.

One good agency that’s already “on the ground” in Peru delivering relief is World Vision – donate HERE.

Everything we know about disasters reinforces the advice that we should be prepared to survive at least three days without outside help, and longer to be prudent. A good guide and checklist is Popular Mechanics‘ “Survive Anything”, which includes advice which works for earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other disasters.

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