(April 14, 2010) – United Nations General Assembly President Ali Treki and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday voiced sadness upon learning of the earthquake that struck western China that morning primarily in Tibet and the areas of Qinghai Province.
Media reports say the quake, which registered 7.1 on the Richter scale, was centered in Qinghai province and took place just before 8 a.m. Reports states that hundreds of people were killed and thousands more injured, as the death toll rises with as more news along the trail of destruction comes forward.
In a statement issued by his office, Dr. Treki “expresses solidarity with and sends his condolences and prayers to the people and Government of China on this tragedy.”
Mr. Ban, in a statement released by his spokesperson, said the UN is ready to provide assistance to the Chinese Government if needed.
“The Secretary-General recognizes the efforts being undertaken by the Government of China to assess the situation and to assist those affected by the earthquake.”
U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday reacted to the news of the quake and that thousands remain buried beneath debris.
“The thoughts and prayers of Members of Congress are with the people of China and Tibet, and the loved ones of those lost in the powerful earthquake that struck the region yesterday,” said Pelosi. “Many of the victims were students, teachers, and workers; and thousands remain trapped beneath the rubble.”
Pelosi said that she hoped it is of comfort to those affected by this terrible tragedy to know that so many around the world are praying for them at this difficult time.
“In the aftermath of this earthquake, we offer our full support for the efforts to dig through fallen homes and classrooms, rescue survivors, save lives, and restore the foundations of this community,” she added. “As Americans and as members of the international community, we must stand squarely behind the emergency response operations and rescue missions. Together, we can help the people of this region recover from this tragedy.”