UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. Pic/AFP
United Nations UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he is saddened to learn of the death and devastation caused by landslides in China's Sichuan Province.
Rescuers have retrieved 15 bodies from the debris till Saturday night, the rescue headquarters in the south-western province said. Over 120 people are said to be missing.
"The Secretary-General salutes the efforts of the national relief and recovery teams. The United Nations stands ready to support the authorities in any way it can if needed," said a UN statement on Saturday, Xinhua news agency reported.
The search and rescue operation is going on overnight, with thousands of rescuers combing the area with life detectors and sniffer dogs. New signs of life are yet to be found.
"The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the people and Government of the People's Republic of China and wishes those injured a speedy recovery," the statement added.
The landslide from a high part of a mountain in Aba prefecture hit Xinmo village in Maoxian County early Saturday morning, blocking a 2-km section of river and burying 1,600 meters of road.
The provincial government has launched the highest level of disaster relief response.
Watch video: Leopard attacks stray dog for breakfast in Mumbai
Download the new mid-day android app to get updates on all the latest and trending stories on the go https://goo.gl/8Xlcvr
Photos: Jhanvi and Khushi, Sunny Leone with daughter at Mumbai airport
Photos: Gauri Khan rocks the saree look
Photos: Tanishaa, Pragya Yadav, Malaika Arora at a club in Bandra
Photos: Anusha Dandekar spotted with boyfriend Karan Kundra
Photos: Mandana Karimi spends time with underprivileged children