China has thanked the international community for offering assistance following yesterday's earthquake in China's south western Sichuan province, reported to have killed more than 200 people. Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a statement:
The Chinese government and people are sincerely grateful to various means of assistances offered by some countries.
Considering the inconvenient traffic and telecommunications in quake zone, foreign rescue and medical teams and materials are not required now.
We drove through the worst affected areas, and there was damage all along the roads. This earthquake has caused devastation and despair.
More than 100 have died and 5,700 have been injured in an earthquake in China. Many were trapped under buildings near Ya'an in Sichuan.
A powerful earthquake struck China's south western Sichuan province today, leaving 157 dead and more than 5,700 injured.