March 31st, 2010
10:39 AM ET

Government: 432 died in Chile quake; 98 missing

The latest tally from February's earthquake in Chile is 432 dead and 98 missing, the government announced Tuesday.

The 8.8-magnitude quake February 27 that caused a tsunami off the coast of Chile also left 800,000 people homeless and caused $30 billion in damage, the government's interior ministry said.

About 200,000 homes were destroyed and 40,000 schools suffered serious damage, affecting more than 1 million students, the ministry said.

In the days after the quake Chilean officials estimated that more than 750 people had perished. Officials then lowered the confirmed death toll to 342 and then 279 on March 5. The latest figure is derived from official death certificates, the ministry said.

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