Special report: Strong Earthquake Jolts SW China
BELGRADE, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Leaders from three
Balkan countries sent condolences to China over the heavy life and property
losses in the devastating earthquake that hit its southwest Sichuan Province on
Serbian President Boris Tadic said in a telegraph of
condolence to his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao, saying "The citizens of Serbia
are deeply moved with the loss of a large number of lives. Please receive my
deepest condolences and tell the families of the deceased and to the people of
China that we sympathize with them at this difficult time."
Slovenia Prime Minister Janez Jansa and Croatian
President Stjepan Mesic also sent condolences to President Hu.
The earthquake, measured at 7.8 on the Richter scale, rocked southwest China Monday afternoon. The death toll in Sichuan Province alone has reached 8533, local authorities said.