UN chief 'saddened' by loss of life and devastation caused by landslide in China

24 June 2017

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres “is saddened” to learn of the loss of life and devastation caused by the landslide in China's southwestern province of Sichuan, his spokesperson said today.

According to media reports, more than 100 people are missing following the landslide in Xinmo village in Maoxin county early Saturday. Rescue operation is ongoing, with bodies being recovered from the rubble.

“The Secretary-General salutes the efforts of the national relief and recovery teams. The United Nations stands ready to support the authorities in any way it can if needed,” Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, said in a statement.

“The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the people and Government of the People's Republic of China and wishes those injured a speedy recovery,” he added.

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