Manila Bulletin

China sym­pa­thizes with Suri­gao quake vic­tims


China ex­tended its sym­pa­thies to the vic­tims of the quake that rocked Suri­gao City last Fe­bru­ary 10.

In a mes­sage of con­do­lences sent to For­eign Af­fairs Sec­re­tary Per­fecto Yasay Jr, Chi­nese For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi said China stands ready to ac­tively pro­vide as­sis­tance to the Philip­pines.

Min­is­ter Yi ex­pressed the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment's be­lief that un­der the lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte, peo­ple in the dis­as­ter area "could cer­tainly over­come dif­fi­cul­ties and re­store nor­mal pro­duc­tion and life at an early date."

Suri­gao City has been placed un­der a state of calamity af­ter the mag­ni­tude 6.7 earth­quake left sev­eral peo­ple dead and hun­dreds more in­jured.

Ac­cord­ing to the Philip­pine In­sti­tute of Vol­canol­ogy and Seis­mol­ogy, the quake hit at 10:03 pm of Fe­bru­ary 10 with the epi­cen­ter lo­cated 14 kilo­me­ters north of the city,

It has left ex­ten­sive dam­age to struc­tures in Suri­gao City and in other nearby towns, in­clud­ing the city's air­port and sev­eral bridges.

The city gov­ern­ment also said that 20 per­cent of the city's pop­u­la­tion has been af­fected by the tremor.

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