A number of houses were damaged in the earthquake in Sichuan province, China, on August 8 (Photo: Xinhua/VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc offered on August 9 his sympathies to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on human and property losses caused by a strong earthquake in Sichuan province one day earlier. 

The China National Radio reported that as of 3pm (local time) of August 9, the 7-magnitude earthquake in Jiuzhaigou county of Ngawa prefecture, the southwestern province of Sichuan, on late August 8 had killed 19 people and injured 217 others.

The China National Committee for Disaster Reduction wrote on its website that according to initial analyses, more than 130,000 houses might have been damaged in the earthquake.-VNA