Chilean president raises quake death toll to 795

15:01, March 03, 2010      

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People look at damaged roads and cars after tsunami and the 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Lota Port, 60km south Concepcion, Chile, March 2, 2010. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said Tuesday that the death toll from Saturday's devastating earthquake had reached 795. (Xinhua/Victor Rojas)


Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said Tuesday that the death toll from Saturday's devastating earthquake had reached 795.

The new figure was 32 higher than that released by the country's National Office of Emergency earlier Tuesday, which also said that the number of affected still stood at 2 million.


People take salt from a destroyed market after tsunami and the 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Lota Port, 60km south Concepcion, Chile, March 2, 2010. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said Tuesday that the death toll from Saturday's devastating earthquake had reached 795. (Xinhua/Victor Rojas)


Local media reported that Bachelet was speaking during a visit to Curico, one of the most hardest-hit cities during the quake.

According to the National Office of Emergency, the number of affected still stood at 2 million. Most of the deaths were registered in the Maule region with at least 554 people dead. In the capital city of Santiago, which has a population of 6.2 million, 38 people were known to have died in the earthquake.


People look for food at a supermarket destroyed by looters after tsunami and the 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Lota Port, 60km south Concepcion, Chile, March 2, 2010. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said Tuesday that the death toll from Saturday's devastating earthquake had reached 795. (Xinhua/Victor Rojas)

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