A construction machine clears the silt from the road in Petropolis in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 22, 2022. The death toll rose to 185 from record rainfalls and subsequent mudslides and floods in the Brazilian city of Petropolis, north of Rio de Janeiro, local authorities said. (Xinhua/Wang Tiancong)
BEIJING, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday sent a message of condolence to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva over the heavy casualties caused by heavy rains in Brazil.
Xi said that upon learning of the deadly rains in Sao Paulo state, which caused heavy casualties and property loss, he would like to express deep condolences to the victims, offer sincere sympathies to the bereaved families and the people in the disaster-hit area, and wish the injured a speedy recovery. ■