Peru south remembers third anniversary of Pisco earthquake

Isabel Guerra

Peru south remembers third anniversary of Pisco earthquakeThree years after the earthquake that devastated Pisco and Ica, many people remain homeless, living in tents and mats.

The earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.9 Richter scale, shook for almost two minutes the Ica provinces of Chincha, Pisco and Ica, the Huancavelica provinces of Huaytará and Castrovirreyna, and the Lima province of Cañete, leaving hundreds of deaths and missing persons.

There were also 2,291 injured people, more than 76,000 homes completely destroyed and some 300,000 residents affected in some way.

These homeless families have to endure extreme temperatures in summer and winter, and dust from the rubble and collapsed buildings still floats in the air often.

They are currently asking the government to speed up reconstruction, and therefore organizing public demonstrations to express their frustration.

Meanwhile, Forsur, the governmental fund in charge of the reconstructions, reports that the projects are advanced by 85%.

According to Forsur. 350 reconstruction plans have been finished, 525 are under execution and 130 are to be started soon.

(Photo: CPN Radio)

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