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    Russian Emergencies Ministry Ready to Help China in Sichuan Earthquake Relief

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    Russia's Emergencies Ministry is ready to assist China in dealing with the aftermath of Tuesday's earthquake in Sichuan province that killed nearly 20 people and left over 260 injured, the ministry said in a statement on its website on Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov sent a telegram to China's Minister of Civil Affairs Huang Shuxian, in which he expressed condolences and offered assistance of Russian rescuers.

    "Vladimir Puchkov noted that in accordance with the agreement between the Russian government and the government of the People's Republic of China on cooperation in preventing and eliminating emergency situations, Russia's Emergencies Ministry is ready, if necessary, to provide assistance in elimination of the consequences of the disaster," the statement said.

    It was earlier reported that the quake claimed lives of 19 people and injured 247 others. The Chinese Central Television (CCTV) specified that 40 people remain in critical condition.

    More than 31,000 tourists were evacuated from China’s Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of the Sichuan province after the earthquake, the prefecture’s authorities said earlier in the day.

    The 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Sichuan province on Tuesday. Tremors were registered in the Jiuzhaigou district of the Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture. Shortly thereafter, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre registered another powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake in the same province.

    Sichuan is an earthquake-prone region. In 2008, the 8.0 magnitude Great Sichuan earthquake took some 70,000 lives and left millions homeless.


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