BEIJING, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao on Wednesday offered his deep condolences to his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama over the casualties and major property losses inflicted upon the U.S. East Coast by superstorm Sandy.
Along with his sincere sympathies, Hu also expressed his confidence that the people affected by the megastorm will overcome difficulties and rebuild their homes.
Also on Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi sent a message to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressing his condolences over the natural disaster.
Superstorm Sandy smashes U.S. eastern coast
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- Superstorm Sandy has killed at least 29 people and knocked millions out of power across the densely populated U.S. east coast, leaving streets flooded, houses burned and a levee collapsed by Tuesday morning.
Sandy, which made landfall in New Jersey early Monday evening and combined with winter storms to become a hybrid storm, has impacted 15 states. Sandy so far killed at least 29 people in eight states, according to CNN report, including 15 in New York and three in New Jersey, two of the hardest-hit area overnight. Other U.S. media outlets even put the death toll up to 33 to 35. Full story
Obama says storm "not yet over"
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday afternoon that the deadly hybrid storm Sandy was " not yet over," urging Americans to get prepared for longer struggle and help others.
Speaking at the national headquarters of the American Red Cross based in Washington D.C., Obama said Superstorm Sandy's impact is obviously "heartbreaking for the entire nation." Full story