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8/20/2007

Government's earthquake relief in Peru not enough, say experts

Photo: As rescuers continued to search rubble in a desperate hunt for survivors, a mother and child were left shaken by an aftershock at a refugee camp on a Chincha street.
In Pictures: Peruvian Quake Aftermath

Breaking Earth News
Peru
The sight of people standing in long lines for water and blankets, complaining that they are being neglected, belies the massive amount of aid and the frenetic pace at which President Alan Garcia and ministers have managed the crisis. The federal government has succeeded in getting plenty of aid to the areas hit hardest, but its centralized control of the crisis has hampered the speed of aid delivery to individuals on the ground, say relief experts. The government blames distribution delays on the scale of the damage to infrastructure in the wake of the earthquake and its aftershocks.
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