Wikinews interviews Juana Bustamante, Chilean earthquake survivor from Paniahue

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Juana Bustamante.
Image: Diego Grez.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Paniahue, Santa Cruz, Chile – Wikinews' Diego Grez interviewed Juana Bustamante, a Chilean earthquake survivor from Santa Cruz, who lost her home. Juana told us her story of what she faced when the earthquake took place. The building where she was living fell down while she was on the second floor. Its first floor practically disappeared.

Interview

Video interview with Juana Bustamante. Short and low quality version
Video: Diego Grez.
Héctor Valenzuela, current Mayor of Santa Cruz, has been severely criticized after the earthquakes.
Image: Municipality of Santa Cruz.

Wikinews waves Left.png((Diego GrezWikinews waves Right.png)) Where are you living right now?

Wikinews waves Left.png((Juana BustamanteWikinews waves Right.png)) We are living in tents that the military gave to us. There are 22 families here [over the court], and over there by the plum trees there are another 22, in addition to the ones that are living in the school, and some that live [over there] on the other side.

Wikinews waves Left.png((DGWikinews waves Right.png)) In total, how many families do you think there are [who have lost their home]?

Wikinews waves Left.png((JBWikinews waves Right.png)) There are apparently around 365 families. All of us are homeless.

Wikinews waves Left.png((DGWikinews waves Right.png)) What is going to happen to the apartments?

Wikinews waves Left.png((JBWikinews waves Right.png)) I'm not sure. It's such a shame. Imagine the pain of seeing your home completely destroyed and having to live in the court. It's terrible.

Wikinews waves Left.png((DGWikinews waves Right.png)) Has the Mayor, Mr. Héctor Valenzuela helped you?

Wikinews waves Left.png((JBWikinews waves Right.png)) No, he hasn't helped us. He knows that tons of mice are coming out from sewers over there. A few days ago, someone told him that mice were coming out of the sewers. He laughed and said: "I'll see later what I can do." Can you see how the water has expanded throughout the entire street? Valenzuela said that the departments have to be demolished before they can give us provisory homes (mediaguas).

Wikinews waves Left.png((DGWikinews waves Right.png)) Thanks for your time and I hope you can get your home back soon.

Wikinews waves Left.png((JBWikinews waves Right.png)) Thank you for this interview to let the world know what's happening to the common people, to the poor people. Thanks again.

Gallery

Diego Grez in front of the destroyed departments of Paniahue. Image: Diego Grez.
Diego Grez in front of the destroyed departments of Paniahue.
Image: Diego Grez.
Pool room in Paniahue after the Chile earthquakes. Image: Diego Grez.
Pool room in Paniahue after the Chile earthquakes.
Image: Diego Grez.
Inside a Paniahue department after the Chile earthquakes. Image: Diego Grez.
Inside a Paniahue department after the Chile earthquakes.
Image: Diego Grez.
A toilet from one of the Paniahue departments, specifically the building that lost the first floor, and where 2 persons died. Image: Diego Grez.
A toilet from one of the Paniahue departments, specifically the building that lost the first floor, and where 2 persons died.
Image: Diego Grez.
Abastible gas distributor cars destroyed by the earthquakes. Image: Diego Grez.
Abastible gas distributor cars destroyed by the earthquakes.
Image: Diego Grez.


Sources

Wikinews
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