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Old 03-01-2010, 06:55 AM   #7
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Post Death toll in Chile earthquake passes 700

The death toll from Saturday's 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile has risen to 708, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said. Calling it an "unthinkable disaster," Bachelet said a "state of catastrophe" in the hardest-hit regions would continue, allowing for the quick restoration of order and speedy distribution of aid.Despite looting concerns in some areas, Bachelet said her government reached an agreement with the country's major supermarkets that would allow them to give away basic foodstuffs they have in stock to those affected by the quake.Thirty-sixstar trek online power leveling hours after the massive earthquake, distribution of electricity remained a key challenge, the president said.Chile has received many offers of international aid, and will accept the help that it needs, Bachelet said."This will take a great effort from all sectors, public and private," she said.The sto creditsarmed forces would be available to help with security and the distribution of food, she added.The president said she hoped that the airport in Santiago, the capital, would reopen to private, public and commercial air traffic in the coming hours.
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