PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Foreign Minister George Yeo have sent letters to Chinese leaders to express their condolences and sympathies over the devastating earthquake which it Yushu Qinghai Wednesday evening.
The magnitude 8.0-strong quake has since claimed about 600 lives and some 10,000 people have been injured.
In a letter to Premier Wen Jiabao, Mr Lee wrote: "I am deeply saddened to learn about the loss of lives and terrible destruction caused by the earthquake in Yushu County in Qinghai on the morning of 14 April.
"On behalf of the Government of Singapore and all Singaporeans, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the government and people of China at this difficult time, especially those who have lost loved ones or have been injured because of this calamity.
"I am confident that under your steadfast leadership, rescue and relief efforts will be swift and that the Chinese people will be able to overcome this tragedy. I wish those injured a speedy recovery and hope that the affected regions will return to normalcy before long."
In another letter, Mr Yeo wrote to Party Secretary of Qinghai Province, he expressed his deepest sympathies to him and the people of Qinghai Province on the "tragic loss of lives and the destruction" caused by the earthquake. He also offered Singapore's help in the relief effort.