Monday, March 01, 2010

Chile: Troops move in to prevent looting

In the aftermath of Saturday's devestating earthquake, 10, 000 troops have moved into stricken areas to combat looting.

Reuters reports A night-time curfew went into effect in the Maule region and the town of Concepcion, where hundreds of looters ransacked stores for food and other goods. Looting also broke out in parts of the capital, Santiago.

"We don't have water or anything. No one has appeared with help and we need more police to keep order. There are many people here who are robbing," said a 78-year-old woman who identified herself as Ana in the badly hit city of Talca, 250 km (155 miles) south of Santiago.

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