Following the devastating heavy rains and mudslides which hit the country recently, the Embassy of Israel in Chile delivered a special cargo containing much needed blankets to the disaster stricken community of Diego de Almagro.
On March 24, record heavy rains in Chile’s northern desert region caused rivers to breach their banks causing 17 mudslides that left residents stranded in Antofagasta, Atacama and Coquimbo. Over 170,000 people were affected, and more than 30,000 lost their homes. Following the Chilean Government’s emergency response, it was established that priority needs included removal of mud and repairing water and sewage systems, as well as providing shelter for the displaced communities.
Within this framework, and with the occasion of marking the State of Israel’s 67th Independence Day, the Embassy of Israel in Chile organized a delivery of a special cargo containing 670 blankets – symbolically, 10 blankets for each of Israel’s years. The blankets were to be distributed among the people of the Diego the Almagro community, located in the stricken northern district of Atacama (April 24).
The Embassy’s First Secretary, Oren Geron, delivered the cargo, and met with the city’s Mayor, who extended his appreciation to the Embassy, to Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and to the people of Israel, for their solidarity.