Chile's ambassador to Australia speaks his government wants international assistance as it copes with the double disasters of an earthquake & a tsunami.The Chilean govt initially told it needed time to assess the damage before it called for help, but ambassador Jose Luis Balmaceda speaks the situation has changed.
"This query was lastly solved late last night & was sent to all the embassies around the world," he said. "I have been in touch with AusAid throughout the whole morning & with DFAT about this require. I guess that AusAid will take the essential measures in order to provide part of the requirements."
Previous, Chilean president Michelle Bachelet confirmed the earthquake had killed 708 people except he told that number was possible to increase as emergency workers attained more affected spots.