On May 12, an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, hit Wenchuan County of southwest China's Sichuan Province, which has caused massive losses and casualties. According to the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the latest death toll has risen to 14,866 people.
The rescue and relief work was immediately carried out with the leadership of the central government. In a matter of moments, the attention, aid, donations, blessings, as well as support from all walks of life, have teamed up to relieve the victims in quake-hit areas.
The disaster touched the hearts of Chinese people, as well as lots of hearts from other nations. Since May 12, PD Online readers have left hundreds of messages in expression of their sympathy and blessings to the victims in quake-hit areas in China.
Some highly praised the Chinese government's timely response; and expressed their respect to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao for his outstanding effort in disaster rescue and relief work. Some stated that they hope to offer some help.
The messages are as follows:
"Mr. Wen, take care"
"Wen Jiabao's Command in the crucial crisis situation is outstanding. The leader is there in the midst among peoples suffering. My respect and applause to Premier Wen Jiabao."
"It is so sad and heartbreaking. I cannot look at the scenes of destruction and weeping people without getting teary eyed. My prayers go out to them. May God bless them."
"Operation USA is looking for civil society partners in Sichuan. We hope to be able to rebuild small schools and health clinics. www.opusa.org is the website."
"So sad to see the loss of life in this disaster total sympathy and respect to the people of china.
john douglas –uk"
"Our sincere condolences to all the people of China. A disaster such as this touches everyone in the world. I pray and cry for the suffering of the people in the regions of the earthquake. I know that everything that can be done is being done by your government to help you overcome this disaster. When we had hurricane Andrew, it seemed as if aid would never come and everything looked hopeless, but time did change things and heal the wounds. The loss of life however, can never be healed, but time does lessen the pain."
"The Sheffield Trades Union Council, the Official Organization of the Trades Union Congress in Sheffield, forwards sympathy to the citizens of the People's Republic of China regarding the disastrous earthquake which is responsible for large numbers of Chinese citizens being killed and injured and the destruction of homes and infrastructure."
"I wish the best for all the people in china who are suffering with this disaster. I lived in your country for two very good years. I feel like china is my home, my real home was destroyed by war, so china is the new place I choose to call home hope all the people can hold on long enough for help to reach them and the ones that did not make it my their spirit go on peace. Good luck also I think china should accept help from all that offer to save lives at a time like this all the help you can get is good."
"We remember that China helped Romania in 1977. Now we are confident China will do her best to rescue those still alive in the area and to surpass the damage."
"I am so sorry to hear of your quake in China, I have a brother living in Shanghai for the last 20 yrs. Our hearts go out to the wonderful people in China and we feel for them at this time of sorrow."
"I am so sorry for all involved with disharmonies of the earthquake. Love to you, thinking of you, hoping the best for you. You have a wonderful world vision and dream of friendship, peace and progress with the Beijing Olympics."
"Deeply sorry to learn of the terrible earthquake and the suffering it has caused the Chinese People. Wish I could help in some way."
By People's Daily Online