Anglican parish communities in Chile, hit by a serious earthquake ”” the fifth-largest on record ”” that devastated the city of ConcepciÃ³n last Saturday, are sheltering together in tents for safety and to share food and water, says their Bishop, the Rt Revd HÃ©ctor Zavala.
Bishop Zavala was expected to arrive in ConcepciÃ³n on Wednesday after travelling for at least ten hours across broken roads. On Tuesday, he asked his colleague Ricardo Tucas to send the following report:
“[The Bishop] is now travelling to the devastated region of ConÂcepciÃ³n, which holds three of his urban churches, and was near three other rural congregations in the High Mountains of Bio-Bio. Four days following the massive earthÂquake in Chile, many towns are still completely isolated . . .
“Andy Bowman, until recently a USPG Mission Companion in ConcepciÃ³n, said: ”˜From the comÂmunications we have had with people in Santiago in the north, the situation in ConcepciÃ³n seems desperate. Half a million people in ConcepciÃ³n are isolated, without water, electricity, shelter, and food. Shops have been looted and civil unrest appears to be widespread. Seven thousand Chilean troops have been sent to the area to maintain order.