BEIJING, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- President Hu Jintao and other top leaders Friday called for immediate efforts to help with disaster relief work in southwest China, where multiple earthquakes have killed at least 67 people.
Hu, who is in Russia's city of Vladivostok for an annual economic leaders' meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, said authorities should work to ensure safety of lives and property in the quake zone.
Other top leaders, including top legislator Wu Bangguo, premier Wen Jiabao, vice premier Hui Liangyu, Central Military Commission Vice Chairmen Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou also made instructions for rescue work.
In a meeting on relief work held en route to the quake zone, Premier Wen stressed that efforts to save lives should come first to minimize casualties.
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