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Singapore PM sends condolences to China over earthquake in Sichuan


20:23, April 21, 2013

SINGAPORE, April 21 (Xinhua) -- Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has written to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to convey his condolences to the people and the Chinese government over a major earthquake in southwest China, Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said here on Sunday.

The Singapore government will also make a contribution of 50, 000 Singapore dollars (40,000 U.S. dollars) through the Singapore Red Cross to support China's disaster relief efforts following the earthquake.

In his letter, Lee said he was saddened to learn of the earthquake that struck the Lushan County, Sichuan on Saturday.

The Singapore Prime Minister said he visited Sichuan in September last year and was deeply moved to learn first hand of the hardships that the people of Yingxiu experienced during the 2008 earthquake. He was inspired by the fortitude of the people in rebuilding their lives, he said.

It is unfortunate that another major earthquake has struck Sichuan, Lee said, adding that Singapore stands ready to assist those affected by this tragedy.

He said he is confident the people of Sichuan will overcome this tragedy with resilience and determination.

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Lushan County at 8:02 a.m. Saturday Beijing time. The quake had claimed at least 180 lives and left more than 10,000 injured as of Sunday afternoon.

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