In Chile United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon began the second day of his visit with a tour of the devasted city of Concepcion the epicentre of the massive quake. The UN chief who had already pledged an immediate 8 million eruos called for more aid from the international community.
His visit to the coastal area followed a meeting on Saturday with the president as Chileans prepare for three days of national mourning.
Pictures of dramatic rescues continue to come to light, TV viewers in Chile saw ones from the helmet of a fireman as a mother and son were plucked from their wrecked appartment. The boy and the fireman were later united in an emotional meeting.
Eight days after the earthquake all official rescue efforts have now been called off.
Its reckoned the quake and subsequent tsunami have destroyed around 1.5 million homes leaving many homeless and in makeshift accomodation.
“We have had this horrible situation for a week now. We have realised we have to live on the street, camping. The houses are still not safe enough to live in,” explained one resident of Talcahuano
The 24 hour telethon exceeded all expectations raising around 50 million euros. The President Michelle Bachelet sang, while her successor, Sebastian Pinera was present. Behind this glitz and glamour there remains criticism of the government’s slow response to events and concern for Chile’s needs for the immediate future.