President condoles with China

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sent a message of condolence to Chinese President Xi Jinping following the earthquake that struck in the Gansu Province in northwestern China on Monday.

“On behalf of the Government and the people of Sri Lanka, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families who have suffered from this disaster,” President Rajapaksa said in his message.

“I am confident that under your leadership, the people of China would be able to overcome the tragedy with resilience,” he said.

A total of 268,400 people have been relocated after the quake, which has killed at least 95 people and injured another 1,461, the provincial earthquake relief headquarters said.

Seventy-nine of the injured have been sent to provincial hospitals to receive more specialized care.

Electricity and telecommunication facilities were back online in the quake zone as of Wednesday morning. (Colombo Gazette)

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