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JCB pledges $100,000 worth of support for Chilean quake victim

JCB Chairman Sir Anthony Bamford has pledged assistance worth $100,000 to help in the rebuilding efforts in the wake of the Chilean earthquake disaster.

He is donating a 3C backhoe loader complete with attachments and spare parts to help with reconstruction efforts in the country’s second city Concepcion which was hit by last weekend’s 8.8-magnitude quake which has killed more than 700 people. About 1.5 million homes were also damaged in the earthquake and initial estimates put the cost of rebuilding at between $15bn and $30bn.

JCB – which has a backhoe factory in Brazil – is supplying the machine through its Chilean dealer Derco, which is also making available free-of-charge a fleet of used machinery for the authorities to use in rebuilding efforts. Derco’s HQ in the Capital Santiago – 270 miles away from Concepcion – have been badly damaged by the quake while their premises in Concepcion appear to be largely unaffected.

Sir Anthony said: “This is one of the most powerful earthquakes on record and it has had a catastrophic effect on Concepcion. I hope in some small part our donation will contribute to the rebuilding effort and help some of those people whose lives have been turned upside down by this disaster.”