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Singapore leaders send condolences over Yunnan quake

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says Singapore stands ready to assist those affected by the 6.5-magnitude earthquake, while President Tony Tan Keng Yam offers heartfelt sympathies.

SINGAPORE: President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have written to Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to convey their condolences for the victims of Sunday's (Aug 3) earthquake in Ludian County, Yunnan province. Around 400 people died following the 6.5-magnitude quake, and 1,800 were injured. Both leaders said they are "saddened to learn of the loss of lives and the destruction to property" as a result of the strong earthquake.

President Tan says on behalf of the people of Singapore, he extends deepest condolences to those who lost loved ones, and offers heartfelt sympathies for those who are injured or who lost homes. He says he is confident that under President Xi's leadership, "the people of Yunnan will be able to carry on through this difficult time with fortitude and determination".

Prime Minister Lee says Singapore stands ready to assist those affected by the tragedy. "Our thoughts are with the victims and their families during this difficult time," he wrote.

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