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Chilean military takes control of quake-hit cities

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Jonathan Franklin and Adam Gabbatt
London Guardian
March 1, 2010

The Chilean military has taken control of towns and cities affected by the earthquake, it was reported today, imposing curfews and guarding shops from looters as the death toll from the disaster rose to more than 700.

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The Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet, signed a decree putting the military in charge of security in the province of Concepción, where looters have targeted markets and supermarkets, hitting food and water supplies.

“We are facing a catastrophe of such unthinkable magnitude that it will require a giant effort [for Chile to recover],” Bachelet said after meeting ministers and generals at the quake-damaged La Moneda Palace.

Concerns are growing over Britons missing in the aftermath of the catastrophe.

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