Singapore's PM Lee, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, extend condolences to Japan counterparts over quake

Policemen search for missing persons amongst homes destroyed in the recent earthquakes in Mashiki in Kumamoto prefecture on April 17, 2016.
Policemen search for missing persons amongst homes destroyed in the recent earthquakes in Mashiki in Kumamoto prefecture on April 17, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan have extended their condolences to their Japan counterparts over the deadly earthquakes in Kumamoto Prefecture.

In a letter to Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, released by Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Sunday (April 17), PM Lee said he was "deeply saddened" by the loss of life and damage, and offered condolences to the Japanese government on behalf of the people of Singapore.

"Our thoughts are with the victims and their families during this time," he added.

 
 
 

In a note to Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Dr Balakrishnan also conveyed his sadness and "heartfelt sympathy" to the families of those affected by the disaster.

"Our thoughts are with the people of Kumamoto and Japan during this time," he added, according to the MFA statement.

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake that stuck Japan on Thursday (April 14) killed nine people and injured hundreds, followed by dozens of aftershocks. A second quake then hit early on Saturday (April 16), killing 32 more, injuring about 1,000, and trapping scores under debris.