Solidarity in distress: China offers aid for Chennai floods


In the aftermath of the floods in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu, China has offered aid to Tamil Nadu. The floods led to the death of hundreds of people in Chennai and displaced many people.

In a message to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, China’s Premier Li Keqiang expressed his sympathies for the flood-stricken people, and extended deep condolence to the victims.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi also sent a separate message to India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. An amount of USD 50,000 was donated by the Red Cross Society of China.  This was followed up with an additional Rs 500,000 donated by the Chinese Embassy in India to help the Indian government and people overcome the disaster.

“It is a friendly tradition for the government and people of China and India to help each other when disaster falls. Chinese people feel the suffering of the Indian people, and stand together with them. We believe the disaster-affected people will be able to overcome the difficulties and get back to normal life soon,” according to an official statement from the Chinese embassy in New Delhi.

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