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Leaders express sympathies to Laos and the Philippines

Update: October, 18/2013 - 08:46

The tragedy occurred after a Lao Airline ATR72 aircraft, travelling from the capital city of Vientiane to the southern city of Pakse, hit bad weather and crashed into the Mekong River, killing all 49 people on board including three Vietnamese nationals. Photo vtc.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Vietnamese leaders yesterday sent their sympathies to the people of Laos and the Philippines over the deadly plane crash and earthquake that occurred this week.

In their messages to Laos, President Truong Tan Sang and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung conveyed their condolences to Lao Party General Secretary and President Chummaly Sayyasone and Prime Minister Thoongsinh Thammavong over the tragic plane crash in the country on Wednesday.

The same day, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also sent a message of sympathy to his Lao counterpart Thongloun Si Soulith.

Official Lao sources have said the tragedy occurred after a Lao Airline ATR72 aircraft, travelling from the capital city of Vientiane to the southern city of Pakse, hit bad weather and crashed into the Mekong River, killing all 49 people on board including three Vietnamese nationals.

Natural disasters

President Sang and Prime Minister Dung yesterday also conveyed their sympathies to President of the Philippines Benigno S. Aquino III over a powerful recent earthquake which struck the country's central region, resulting in great loss of human life and property.

On the same day, Foreign Minister Minh also sent his condolences to his Philippines counterpart Albert F. del Rosario.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of the Philippines, the 7.2-magnitude quake near Balilihan town on Bohol Island killed at least 107 people, leaving hundreds of others injured and affecting millions of people.

Yesterday, Minh also conveyed his sadness to his Indian counterpart Salman Khurshid over a recent stampede at an Indian Hindu temple that left 115 people dead and hundreds more injured.

The stampede occurred as nearly 150,000 pilgrims gathered at the Ratangarh temple in the central state of Madhya Pradesh to celebrate the Hindu holy festival of Navratri, local police said on Monday. — VNS



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