Secretary-General’s statement on the earthquake in China

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

New York, 4 August 2014 – The Secretary-General is saddened by the loss of life, and the damage to homes and infrastructure in southern China as a result of the earthquake that struck Wenping in Yunnan province today. He offers his condolences to the Chinese Government and the families of those killed, and his deepest sympathies to those who were injured or otherwise affected in this disaster.

The United Nations stands ready to lend its assistance to efforts to respond to humanitarian needs created by the disaster and to mobilize any international support needed.