Singaporeans affected by Sichuan earthquake are safe: MFA

Some Singaporeans visiting Jiuzhaigou were affected by the earthquake that struck Sichuan, China on Tuesday (Aug 8). 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) confirmed that all e-registered Singaporeans are safe and are in close contact with the local authorities there to render the necessary assistance to affected Singaporeans.

As many as 31,500 tourists have been evacuated from the quake zone, reported Xinhua news agency on Wednesday morning. At least nine have been killed, including six tourists, and 164 injured. Around 100 were trapped in a landslide, said the Sichuan government.

A spokesman from MFA said: “We are saddened by the earthquake centred in Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan which has claimed lives and caused injuries. The Singapore Government expresses our deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones and wish the injured a speedy recovery."

MFA said Singaporeans in the affected areas should stay in touch with family and friends. Those who require consular assistance should contact our Consulate-General in Chengdu at +86 1390 807 3562 or the 24-hour MFA Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/8855.