President saddened over China quake

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in a condolence message to the President of China Xi Jingping said he was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of life and devastation as a result of the earthquake in the Sichuan Province of China.

The President said that while natural disasters and their consequences are beyond human control he is certain that the Chinese people will courageously face it and recover in the shortest possible time under the Chinese President’s leadership.

“I offer my deepest condolences to the members of the bereaved families and sympathies to all those whose lives have been affected. At this hour of grief, the sincere thoughts and prayers of the people of Sri Lanka are with the people of China. I wish a speedy recovery to those who are injured,” he said.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa told the Chinese President that the disaster will get the Sri Lankan government’s highest consideration.

A 7-magnitude earthquake hit Lushan county, Ya’an city of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, yesterday, leaving 160 people dead and 6,700 injured.

A national earthquake emergency rescue team had arrived Sunday morning at Lushan for disaster relief.

The team is made up of 200 rescue staff including 21 seismologists and 39 medical staff. They have brought to the quake area more than 30 tonnes of supplies.

Meanwhile, more than 800 police and rescue staff have entered the badly-hit Baoxing County, where communication and transportation were seriously affected.

Lushan is about 200 kilometers from the epicenter of the massive Wenchuan earthquake 5 years ago that left 87,000 dead or missing. (Colombo Gazette)