Venezuela has expresed its solidarity and condolences with its “brother” China following the Sichuan earthquake that left 20 dead and hundreds injured.
Deadly 6.5-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes China’s Sichuan Province
“The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela would like to give words of condolences to our brother, the Government of the People’s Republic of China following the earthquake that occured on the 8th of August, in the town of Jiuzhaigou in the central province of Sichuan,” the office of the exterior relations said in a statement.
The statement released by Venezuela affirmed their “sincere brotherhood, friendship and solidarity with the Government of the People’s Republic of China,” and expressed “complete solidarity with the families of the victims.”
The magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck a rural, remote region in a southwestern region of China, killing at least 20. Several hundred were left injured. The Chinese government is currently providing relief efforts and evacuating residents and tourists who have been left stranded by landslides that occured as a result of the quake.
The dead included eight tourists, two residents and nine whose identities have yet to be confirmed, state television said.
The region struck by the recent quake was hit by one of the most deadly earthquakes of recent history in 2008, when a magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck northwest of Chengdu, and killed nearly 70,000 people and insured several hundred thousand. The disaster is known as the "Great Wenchuan earthquake."