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How we helped after the Chile earthquake

Two women embrace in front of rubbleThis appeal is now closed. The Red Cross would like to thank everyone who donated.

Immediately after the earthquake, the British Red Cross released £50,000 from its Disaster Fund to help those affected.On 28 February 2010, we launched the Chile Earthquake Appeal, which raised £715,000 with an additional £250,000 donated by the Department for International Development (DfID).

Money raised by the appeal was used to support the work of the Chilean Red Cross, which is a member of the National Commission for Civil Protection in Chile, the body set up to co-ordinate disaster relief responses between government and other agencies.

Red Cross action

In the aftermath of the quake the Chilean Red Cross carried out search and rescue operations and provided first aid to survivors. Staff and volunteers also broadcast public service announcements on how to respond to aftershocks, and appealed to the public to donate blood.

The Red Cross helped people get back on their feet by distributing relief supplies, such as kitchen sets, blankets and tents, and providing support in water and sanitation, and healthcare. In addition, food packages were distributed to thousands of people.

After the quake, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies released £186,000 from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to help those affected.

It also launched an appeal for £8.5 million to help people recover over the next year. This included providing:

  • emergency supplies for 50,000 people
  • water and sanitation for up to 10,000 households
  • emergency and/or transitional shelter for 50,000 people
  • preventative community-based health care for at least 90,000 people.


The Federation co-ordinated support for the Chilean Red Cross from Red Cross National Societies around the world and sent a team to provide technical expertise in assessing the damage and planning the response.

Red Cross emergency response units were deployed from Spain, Japan, Finland and Norway to provide help with basic healthcare, setting up a field hospital and distributing relief goods. The British Red Cross sent 5,000 water containers and 1,200 kitchen sets from the regional warehouse in Panama.

Contacting missing family

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) set up a special website to help thousands of people within Chile and abroad restore contact with their loved ones.
The site allowed people to register the names of relatives with whom they lost contact and included responses to queries as they become available.

Look at our photo gallery about the earthquake in Chile

Last updated 12 August 2010