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M-Palm Beach Post, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1968 Drought Strikes Chile mm SHOP EARLY FOR BIG SAVING m YOUR HOUSEWARES . STOCK THE SAVINGS AWAY. mow ic tuc AND HEALTH NOVEMBER WASHINGTON (NANA) -The worst drought in 100 years has struck a staggering blow at disaster-toughened Chile. Its effects cast dark shadows over Chile s political and economic future. "When one of our big earthquakes destroys houses, factories, dams, roads and bridges, the jolt jars our nation into feverish rebuilding that creates work and speeds up creativity," said Chiles finance minister Andres Valdi-var in an exclusive interview here. "But lack of water for QUANTITY RIGHTS RESERVED PRICES GOOD THRU 3AIUKDAY, BISSELL ELECTRIC SWEEPER m m u wf- jr i mm i l t c f v i i n :s--r r nffttl iwiiifcfc inc I LHJI ! rfUKHTI II I' 1 Lightwht with powerful bare froors. Powerful 230 YfY vacuum fiat pulls rit from watt motor above tank. 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We see a slowdown in farm and factory production, in buying, in debt repayment, in tax collections -everyone suffers." Qi- j:. i , . "I- iuivdr reveaiea latest key facts of the situation: -In Chile's major growing regions for wheat and other grains, rice, potatoes, beets and other garden vegetables, and tobacco. 56 per cent of-this year's production is lost. The ground is so drought-hardened it cannot be plowed for crops due in early next year. -One-third of Chile's cattle and sheep are dead and stocks will not grow back to normal for six to eight years. Nearly a million of this year's lambs died of thirst. Pastures depended on for grazing until next May's rains are burned to a crisp. -Chile normally exports onions, melons and beans. This year 68 per cent of these crops were lost. The government is already having to supply around 50.000 people in the drought region with oil, flour, powdered milk and cereals. Drinking water is distributed in tank trucks and wagons. Water for sanitation and drinking is rationed in cities. A rush- inh nf ufoll A fining ; i "Hydroelectric power production is off one-third," said Sr. Valdivar. "This means copper production is down, though we have some portable generators to help span the gap. The government has already lost up to $10 million in revenues from copper alone." Hard hit, said Sr. Valdivar, are around 200.000 small farmers and over 100,000 seasonal farm workers, whose means of livelihood is wiped out. "But shop-keepers, tourist hotels, clothing manufacturers - all are suffering," he said. "We are going to have to import at least $200 million more than normal in raw materials and foodstuffs alone in thecomingyear." Chile is even having to improve port facilities to meet the emergency. The country already has a disaster commission voted into being in 1965 in the midst of an earth tremor that literally shook up the congress President Eduardo Frei has also set up a drought emergency committee, which Sr. Valdivar says has the situation "under control." But the drought has thrown off stride every phase of Pres. Frei's "revolution in liberty" with its agrarian, educational, tax and other reforms. One hard-fought campaign was against inflation, brought down from a 48 per cent increase in 1964 to a 28 per cent rate in recent times. Yet to conserve electric power, the government has had to increase rates paid for electricity, thus adding to inflationary pressures itself. It has also suspended payments for land under the agrarian reform for now and eased tax and debt collections. Frei's ministers are now-seeking a $50 million emergency loan in the U.S., which Sr. Valdivar reminds "is not a donation." The U.S., Great Britain and even Argentina have already helped with small loans of a few million each to meet the food emergency. "We thought we'd at least have a big wine and grape crop this year, since the grape region escaped the drought," said Sr. Valdivar. He added wryly, "But I've just heard that an unseasonable frost has spoiled the crop. "Chile has had two major earthquakes and a disastrous flood in the past decade alone," he said. "We're not panicked by the drought, but it is the worst thing yet by far." Election Spurs Mail WASHINGTON iUPI -The 1968 elections generated about 1 billion pieces of mail during the period between Sept. 21 and Oct. 18. according ,to unofficial estimates. The increase contributed to a 22 per cent jump in mail handling during the period, the Post Office department announced during the r m m mm mmr m ' M m LUSTRE CREAM HAIR SPRAY 02. PANTY HOSE $1139 NYLON STRETCH PONDS DUSTING POWDER WHITE RAIN SPRAY HAIR REG. 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