The people of Concepcion are still struggling to come to terms with the aftermath of last week’s earthquake. A series of aftershocks, one with a magnitude of 6.6, rocked Chile’s second largest city, damaging more buildings and frightening residents.
The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, is in Chile to assess the damage. In Santiago, he spoke about the need for improvements in dealing with natural disasters: “We must be prepared to have better structured framework to prevent all these disasters. The United Nations makes a high priority of having and promoting disaster-risk reduction structures, and we hope that we will continue to work together on that.”
Confusion remains over the number of people killed by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. The government says the previous figure of eight 802 was due to the inclusion several missing people – who have now been found. Recent official figures say 279 victims have been identified.