The Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations is ready to help China to cope with the impact of a devastating earthquake that happened in Sichuan Province on 9 August 2017. Minister for Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov has sent a telegram to the China’s Minister of Civil Affairs Mr. Huang Shuxiang expressing his condolences and offering assistance of Russian rescuers.
“We share your grief and our thoughts go out to the families of killed and injured,” the telegram reads.
Mr. Puchkov said that under the Agreement the Russian and Chinese governments signed on cooperation in disaster management, the Russian Emergency Ministry was ready if necessary to help in coping with the impact.
Emergency Ministry’s rescuers have a lot of experience in responding to earthquakes abroad, they have taken part in different SAR operations after earthquakes in different parts of the world, including Haiti, Turkey, Japan, Nepal and Chile.
According to the China Earthquake Networks Center, the magnitude-7 earthquake struck country’s southwestern Sichuan Province 20 km deep under the ground. According to preliminary assessments the epicenter was 280-300 km northwest of Chengdu. More than 100 aftershocks were registered after the first shock. Some 130 thousand homes were damaged. Local people are being evacuated.