PM condoles deaths in Myanmar quake, offers help

March 26th, 2011 - 9:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday mourned the loss of lives in an earthquake that hit Myanmar Thursday night and offered help in the rescue and relief efforts.

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the severe earthquake that struck Myanmar on March 24 causing loss of lives and damage to property. On behalf of the people and Government of India, I convey my heartfelt condolences to the people and Government of Myanmar on this tragic natural disaster,” Singh said in a message to General Than Shwe, chairman of State Peace and Development council of Myanmar.

“I take this opportunity to convey, through you, our deepest sympathies to members of the bereaved families and others affected by the earthquake. As your government rallies to provide relief and other assistance to people in the earthquake affected region, I would like to assure you that India stands ready to render any assistance that your government may require of us,” he added.

Myanmar was hit by a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in which at least 74 people were reported killed and over 100 others injured.

India enjoys strong bilateral ties with Myanmar that is ruled by a military junta.

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