Chilean senators propose reconstruction agency following deadly quake

April 2, 2010 12:09 pm 

SANTIAGO, April 2 — A group of Chilean senators on Thursday proposed legislation on the creation of a national agency to oversee reconstruction following a devastating earthquake in February.

According to the proposal, the proposed National Reconstruction Agency would be led by an executive director of ministerial level appointed by President Sebastian Pinera.

Head of the agency should work out a reconstruction plan in 15 days once the proposal becomes law. The head will also take charge of drafting related regulations, reconstruction plans and urbanization norms.

The agency will also take charge of construction and reconstruction of houses, hospitals, schools and other infrastructure as well as distribution of public-use goods and land expropriation in the country.

The 8.8-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami on Feb. 27 devastated the central and southern regions of Chile, killing about 500 people and leaving 500,000 homeless. The cost of reconstruction is estimated at around 30 billion U.S. dollars. (PNA/Xinhua)

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