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Peruvian Soldier Dies in Haiti's Earthquake

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Peruvian soldier Luis Eduardo Chanllio Quisepe working for the United Nations died in the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that shook Haiti on Tuesday, local radio station Radio Programas de Peru (RPP) said on Thursday.

In an interview with RPP, a relative of Chanllio said that he arrived in Haiti in November 2009, to work for the UN.

Chanllio, 42, is the first Peruvian reported dead in the earthquake of Tuesday, he died when a wall in his house fell over him.

Chanillo was in Haiti with his two other brothers, also working for the UN. However, it was reported that the other two brothers are alive with minor injuries.

According to the relative "everything si destroyed, so the other two brothers are sleeping in the patio, because the constructions are not good."

Chanillo's relative requested the Peruvian authorities to help them to bring back to Peru the body of Chanillo, as well as those Peruvians who are in Haiti.

There are some 200 Peruvian soldiers in the UN peace mission in Haiti, who were reported by Peruvian Defense Minister Rafael Rey in good health conditions.

Meanwhile, President of the Peruvian Ministers Council Javier Velasquez Quesquen arrived on Thursday in Port au Prince, capital of Haiti, with humanitarian aid.

(Xinhua News Agency January 15, 2010)

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