Xi extends condolences to Brazilian president over heavy rains
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday sent a message of condolence to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva over the casualties caused by heavy rains in southern Brazil.
In his message, Xi said that he was shocked to learn of the disastrous heavy rains and floods in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul and other places, which have caused heavy casualties and property losses.
On behalf of the Chinese government and people, Xi mourned deeply for the victims, conveyed sincere sympathies to the bereaved families and the people in the disaster-hit areas, and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
The Chinese president also expressed his belief that the disaster-hit areas will surely overcome difficulties and rebuild their homeland.
An extratropical cyclone has battered southern Brazil since Monday night. According to local authorities, the death toll had risen to 39 as of Thursday. The cyclone has hit 67 municipalities, affecting more than 52,000 people and leaving more than 2,300 people homeless and over 3,900 displaced.