King Abdullah sends condolences to Chinese President after deadly earthquake

Jordan

Published: 2017-08-10 12:46

Last Updated: 2017-08-10 13:32


The King expressed his sympathy to the Chinese President and wished the injured speedy recovery. (File photo)
The King expressed his sympathy to the Chinese President and wished the injured speedy recovery. (File photo)

His Majesty King Abdullah II has sent a cable to Chinese President, Xi Jinping, in condolence of the victims of an earthquake that struck China's southwestern province of Sichuan, killing and injuring hundreds of people, Petra news has reported.

In his cable, the King expressed his sympathy to the Chinese President and wished the injured speedy recovery.

Nineteen people have been killed and 263 injured, after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck a remote area in southwest China's Sichuan Province Tuesday night, state news agency Xin Hua reported.

The dead reportedly include eight tourists and two locals, and ten others remain in serious condition, the information office of the provincial government said in the latest casualties update.

The earthquake hit Jiuzhaigou County at 9:19 p.m. Tuesday at a depth of 20 kilometers, according to China Earthquake Networks Center.

Jiuzhaigou is a popular tourist destination in the mountains on the eastern edge of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

China is regularly hit by earthquakes, particularly its mountainous western and south-western regions. Earlier on Tuesday, a landslide triggered by heavy rains killed at least 24 people in another mountainous region of Sichuan.