Amid aftershocks, relief efforts in Chile mobilize
PELLUHUE, Chile (AP) - March 2, 2010 -- Aftershocks continue to rattle Chile, days after the devastating 8.8 earthquake.In the first 72 hours after Saturday's quake, there were 131 aftershocks of magnitude 5 or greater.
And officials continue to count the dead. Chile's National Disaster Office says almost 800 are now known to have died.
One town is using a church as a morgue. In another, people are burying the dead quickly because the funeral home has no electricity.
Most of the deaths came in communities along Chile's south-central Pacific coast, near the quake's epicenter, where tsunami waves swept the shore.
Aid is starting to arrive in Chile, including 25 satellite phones from the United States dropped off today by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. She says much more aid will follow.
Argentina has flown in a field hospital, while Brazil and Peru are sending cargo planes with supplies, hospitals and doctors.
Chilean troops have been dispatched to the earthquake zone to discourage looting, and officials have begun handing out food and water.
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