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Disasters strike Chile Bangladesh

No Church members were injured when an earthquake struck northern Chile Nov. 14 and a cyclone hit Bangladesh Nov. 15.
Photo by AP Photo/Miguel MercadoA man walks by cars covered with debris a day after a 7.7 magnitude quake hit Chile on Nov. 14.
The earthquake measuring a magnitude of 7.7 is responsible for at least two deaths and more than 150 people injured.
The earthquake struck in the region of Antofagasta approximately 780 miles north of Santiago. The tremor was so strong it was felt in neighboring Peru and Bolivia and as far as Sao Paulo Brazil.
The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued then canceled a tsunami warning for Chile and Peru according to the Associated Press. It said the quake generated only a 2-foot wave.
Guillermo Antivilo director of Temporal Affairs for Chile said there were no members or missionaries injured. The homes of 20 sustained damage and a meetinghouse in the city of Tocopilla the region hardest hit suffered some structural damage.
Chiles government pledged to deliver hundreds of portable houses for people left homeless as well as financial aid to rebuild damaged homes. Chiles President Michelle Bachelet visited Tocopilla on Nov. 15 to assess the damage and reassure citizens that they would receive the aid.
The Church sent aid to Bangladesh after Cyclone Sidr devastated the South Asian nation Nov. 15 leaving 6000 dead or missing and 1 million homeless.
In response to the disaster the Church donated cash to CARE a humanitarian organization that has a long-term presence in Bangladesh. The donation will be used to purchase critically needed first-aid hygiene and other medical supplies.
The Church provided assistance to CARE in 1991 after another cyclone hit Bangladesh.

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