International aid has begun arriving in Chile along with offers of moral and material support.
The US Secretary of State landed in Santiago for a brief stop on her Latin America tour.
Armed with a consignment of satellite phones to help the country’s stricken communication network, Hillary Clinton promised much more aid to come.
“We are so grateful for what Chile did in Haiti. Your rescue teams were among the very best in the entire world. And we want to help Chile who has done so much to help others,” she said.
Meanwhile distribution of desperately needed aid and medical relief has started in the badly damaged coastal city of Constitucion.
Up to 350 people are believed to have died in the city, sparking anger from some that the help was arriving too late.
But the full scale of damage in Chile’s coastal regions remains unclear.