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UN Praises China's Rescue Ability
Spokesperson for UN Secretary General expresses condolences over the deaths in Jiuzhaigou earthquake
By Ding Ying 

The United Nations has praised the Chinese Government's experience in search and rescue work after a powerful earthquake struck southwestern Sichuan Province, killing more than a dozen people.

Expressing condolences over the deaths and devastation, Stephan Dujarric, spokesperson for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, said at a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York on August 9 that the UN was ready to offer assistance, if requested.

A 7.0-magnitude quake hit Jiuzhaigou County in Sichuan, a popular tourist destination in the mountains on the eastern edge of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, on August 8, causing at least 19 deaths. Some 60,000 people were evacuated from the county.

Sichuan had witnessed a devastating earthquake in 2008 that killed thousands.

On August 9, a 6.6-magnitude earthquake was reported in Jinghe County in northwest China's Xinjiang, causing minor damage.

(Reporting from New York City)

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