The Chief Executive, Mr Chui Sai On, expressed his concern over the recent landslide in Sichuan Province and conveyed his sympathy to those people affected by the disaster.
Mr Chui issued a letter on Sunday (25 June) to express his deepest condolences on the matter to the Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) of Sichuan Province, Mr Wang Dongming, and the Governor of Sichuan Province, Mr Yin Li.
At 5.45am on 24 June, a severe landslide occurred in Xinmo Village of Maoxian County in the Aba Tibetan-Qiang Nationalities Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province. It resulted in an estimated 8 million cubic metres of earth and rock moving down a mountainside, blocking a two-kilometre stretch of a local river, and claiming dozens of lives.
Mr Chui expressed his utmost condolences on behalf of the Government and people of the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) to the families of the victims and the people in Sichuan affected by the disaster. He also expressed his sincere respect for the people engaged in rescue work and for those treating people injured by the event.
The Chief Executive said in the letter that under the leadership of the Central Government, the direction of the Provincial Government, and with support from across the country, effective rescue measures were being taken in order to try and limit the number of fatalities.
Mr Chui hoped that – following such relief operations – the people of Sichuan would be able to resume their normal lives as quickly as possible, and strengthen disaster relief and prevention measures so as to ensure the steady development of society.