BEIJING, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has sent condolences to Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda lashed by Hurricane Irma.
In his message dated Wednesday, Li expressed profound condolences to the victims of Hurricane Irma and extended sincere sympathy to the injured and the bereaved families.
According to China's Ministry of Commerce, the Chinese government has provided humanitarian aid to Antigua and Barbuda, and launched the emergency mechanism to help with disaster relief and reconstruction after the hurricane.
On Sept. 5 local time, Hurricane Irma hit the island of Barbuda, destroying 90 percent of buildings, cutting water and power supplies and leading to many casualties and huge property losses.
The prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda said the island of Barbuda was "totally destroyed" and the cost was estimated at billions of U.S. dollars.