Clinton: U.S. to work in solidarity with Chile
(AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clintonsaid Monday the United States is ready to work "in solidarity"with the leaders of Chile to provide disaster assistance to theearthquake-stricken country.
Speaking to reporters while traveling in Montevideo, Uruguay,Clinton said the Chileans had asked for communications equipmentand said she'll be bringing some with her when she travels toSantiago Tuesday.
Clinton said more likely will come after that, saying that "oneof the reasons they have asked me to continue my trip is to assesswhatever else they might need and immediately begin the process ofproviding it."
Earlier, U.S. Ambassador Paul Simons said he knew of no Americandeaths from the earthquake, but stressed that officials were havinga difficult time getting information from Conception, the area mostdevastated by the quake.
In an interview by telephone with CBS's "The Early Show,"Simons said, "We do not have any confirmed reports of Americanswho have died." He added that while officials have been able tocontact "a few" of the estimated 1,000 Americans in Chile,"information is still very, very scarce."
Simons said that while life is returning to normal in thecapital of Santiago, the Conception area near the epicenter of themagnitude 8.8 quake on Saturday suffers from "major devastation,"where power is out and water is in short supply.