Earthquake aftermathSaturday, February 27, 2010
CFK to Bachelet: 'we will assist Chile with whatever they need'
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner called Chilean head of state Michelle Bachelet and offered Argentina's help to provide Chile "with whatever they need" to deal with the strong earthquake that hit close to the city of Concepción, in the neighboring country's Eight Region.
Bachelet talked to the Argentine President before she left towards the epicenter area, where she would evaluate property damage and meet with the quake's victims.
The Chilean President thanked Fernández de Kirchner's call and said that they would be able to define any further assistance after evaluating the affected region.
At the same time, Argentine ambassador to Chile Ginés González García said that Argentina would help Chile "in any way possible."
"We're having trouble with communications and airports remain closed," he said. The official is currently in Buenos Aires and he said he had not being able to contact his home.
However, he repeated that people "should remain calm," since Chile has "a great capacity of dealing with emergencies like these."
"Argentine consulates are ready to provide help," he added.