February 26, 2010

MSF staff from Argentina and other parts of Latin America should start arriving this evening in Santiago de Chile to assess the needs of the population.

MSF is sending an exploratory team to assess the needs of the victims after an earthquake of 8.8 magnitude in the Richter Scale struck Chile early Saturday morning, causing serious damages in several areas of the country.

The medical-humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins San Frontières (MSF) is sending an exploratory team to assess the needs of the victims after an earthquake of 8.8 magnitude struck Chile early Saturday morning, causing serious damages in several areas of the country.

The MSF team, including a doctor, a nurse and logisticians coming from Argentina, Bolivia and Panama, is being deployed to Chile in order to better evaluate the needs of the population. The team from Argentina--composed of a doctor, a logistician and a nurse--should arrive Saturday night to the capital of the country, Santiago de Chile, crossing through the neighboring Argentine province of Mendoza.

For the moment, MSF doesn’t have further direct information of the current situation in the most affected areas, but a staff member of MSF is already in Santiago and compiling information.

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