Venezuela Earthquake

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Nearly 70 Venezuelan Red Cross (VRC) staff and volunteers are continuing rescue efforts and assistance to victims of last week's earthquake, which left more than 80 people dead, nearly 400 injured and 600 homes destroyed. Volunteers from Cumana and Cariaco, the towns most affected by the earthquake, set up two Red Cross field hospitals to treat the injured. They are also distributing food and water, vaccinating people to prevent epidemics and providing victims with psychological support.
Federation President Dr Mario Villarroel Lander, who is also president of the VRC, travelled to the site to assess the damage. The National Society hopes to begin reconstruction as soon as possible and has launched a national appeal. The earth- quake, which registered 6.7 on the Richter scale, is the strongest one to be felt in the country in 30 years.