Int'l community offers condolences, aid to quake-hit Chile   2010-02-28 01:17:00 FeedbackPrintRSS

BEIJING, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- The international community continues to offer condolences and aid to Chile after it was hit by a dire 8.8-magnitude earthquake before dawn on Saturday.

South Korea on Sunday said it was prepared to offer relief aid to help Chile. The government pledged to provide rapid assistance to Chile, but the concrete scale of the aid in the early stage will be decided based on the international community's moves and specified losses caused by the earthquake, it noted.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on Sunday the Australian government would offer "any possible assistance" to the people of Chile.

"Our thoughts are very much with the people of Chile today as they deal with this natural disaster," Kevin Rudd told journalists. "I've asked our diplomats in Santiago to convey to the Chilean government our offer of any possible assistance dealing with this natural disaster."

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband on Saturday sent deepest sympathy to all those affected by the second earthquake to hit the Americas in 2010.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown also said Britain would do whatever it could to help. Specialist teams from British charities are being sent to Chile after the massive earthquake in the South American country has killed more than 300 people so far.

Editor: Mu Xuequan

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