His Majesty sends condolences to Hu

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send his condolences to Hu Jintao, President of the People's Republic of China, and Wen Jiabao, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, following the recent earthquake that struck the Sichuan Province.

In his message, His Majesty expressed his great sadness at the loss of life and widespread destruction across many parts of China due to the earthquake in the province on Monday.

His Majesty also conveyed the great sympathy and condolences of the Government and the people of Brunei Darussalam to all those who have been affected by the disaster, one of the worst in three decades, as well as support for all efforts in overcoming the difficulties.

The quake has killed more than 12,000 people with the toll likely to soar after state media said on Tuesday nearly 19,000 were buried under rubble in one city alone, Reuters reported.

In Yingxiu, a town of 12,000 people, only 2,000 have been found alive, state television quoted He Biao, an official, as saying. - Borneo Bulletin (14th May 2008)