Responding to the 8.2 Earthquake in Chile

Direct Relief’s Emergency Response Team is in touch with its partner Fundación FEDES in Chile following the 8.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the country’s northern coast Tuesday evening, killing six people.

Fundación FEDES (Fundación Educativa de Desarrollo Economico y Social), is a Chilean nongovernmental organization that helps disadvantaged people in communities throughout the country.

More than 900,000 people were evacuated from Chile’s coastal areas when authorities issued a tsunami warning, however most returned home this morning.

The president of FEDES has been in touch with the adviser to the Minister of Health in Chile who reports that in the most affected areas there are still 500-600 people in evacuation shelters. Direct Relief is working with FEDES and the Chilean Ministry of Health to determine the best way to help those who remain displaced as well as to determine medical supply needs at the local hospitals.

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