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Chinese president sends condolences to Indian counterpart over temple fire

Editor: Chen Yue 丨Xinhua

04-12-2016 18:55 BJT

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BEIJING, April 12 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday sent a message of condolences to his Indian counterpart, Pranab Mukherjee, over a tragic temple fire in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

Xi said he was shocked to learn of the tragedy that left many people dead and many others injured in the state of Kerala.

"At this moment of sadness, I would like to extend sincere condolences, on behalf of the government and the people of China and in my personal name, to the government of India and the people affected," Xi said.

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of lives and wish the injured recovery at an early date," he added.

At least 112 people were killed and many others were injured in the fire caused by festive fireworks at the famous Puttingal Devi temple in Kerala early Sunday.

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