BBC–Chile quake reconstruction 'to take up to four years'

Chile’s reconstruction will take “three to four years” as the country recovers from the earthquake that killed some 800 people, its president has said.

“There are rural areas where everything has tumbled to the ground… infrastructure has been destroyed,” Michelle Bachelet told Chilean radio.

It would take foreign aid and most of the mandate of President-elect Sebastian Pinera to rebuild, she added.

Three days of national mourning have been declared, to begin on Sunday.

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