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UNICEF: First response to earthquake in Chile

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Uploaded on Mar 2, 2010

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NEW YORK, USA, 1 March 2010 UNICEF and its UN partners are monitoring events and stand ready to help in the aftermath of an 8.8-magnitude earthquake that shook Chile early Saturday, 27 February.

This earthquake came just six and a half weeks after a less powerful but more deadly one struck Haiti, where intensive aid operations continue. UNICEF has made clear that its humanitarian commitments in Haiti will not stand in the way of providing help to Chile in areas of expertise that may be required.

According to UNICEF Director of Emergency Programmes Louis-Georges Arsenault, the organization could possibly provide assistance in areas such as child protection and water purification. Unless the situation worsens, however, neither UNICEF nor the United Nations is expected to launch a special funding appeal for Chilean quake relief, Mr. Arsenault said.

"But we do invite people to support UNICEF globally on fundraising work, which could be diverted to Chile if need be," he added.

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