Save the Children warns that hundreds of thousands of children could be affected by Chilean quake
Save the Children is raising funds to get life-saving help to families in
The aid agency is warning that hundreds of thousands of children could be affected.
Matt Wingate, head of Save the Children's
The earthquake has been followed by a series of strong aftershocks, which has the potential to destroy even more buildings and threaten the lives of children and their families. The initial quake has triggered a tsunami and many Pacific countries are now on tsunami alert.
Matt Wingate continued: "It's still difficult to know exactly what has happened on the ground, as many phone networks are still down and there is a lot of confusion. There is also still severe danger posed by potential aftershocks and access could be hampered if roads are blocked by rubble.
"However Save the Children is mobilising funds and emergency experts, and our teams are preparing to respond through our partners on the ground. At this stage we assume and prepare for the worst, and hope for the best. It is likely that casualties will rise, and of course the possibility of tsunamis poses even great threat.
"However this is not another