Volunteers Helping With Peru Quake Relief

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LIMA, Peru, JULY 3, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Caritas-Peru is distributing 267 tons of nonperishable goods, including clothes, blankets and cooking materials, to southern areas of the country stricken by the June 23 earthquake.



Hundreds of volunteers have helped Caritas staffers by classifying and packaging the aid.

The death toll from the 8.1-magnitude earthquake, meanwhile, has been lowered from 115 people to 77, the Civil Defense Institute told the Associated Press today.

"The early reports were sent by district mayors," Civil Defense spokesman Juan Carlos Portocarrero told the AP. "What happened is the mayors had included missing people with the dead." The institute said 68 people were still listed as missing from the quake.

So far, Caritas reports 42,001 damaged homes, 62,577 affected families, and more than 312,000 people in an emergency situation.

Quake victims need nonperishable foods, unexpired medicines, warm clothes, blankets, plastic and construction materials. Financial contributions may be sent to:

Banco de Credito: 193-09020739-1-57.

Caritas-Peru is reachable at postmaster@caritas.org.pe.