Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday expressed shock and grief over the deadly temple fire in Kerala that killed 109 people.
In a message of condolence to President Pranab Mukherjee, Xi said he was shocked to learn of the tragedy which left many people dead and many others injured in the explosions and fire due to fireworks at the temple near Kollam.
"At this moment of sadness, I would like to extend sincere condolences, on behalf of the government and the people of China and in my personal name, to the government of India and the people affected," Xi said.
"I am deeply saddened by the loss of lives and wish the injured recovery at an early date," he said, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
At least 109 people were killed and nearly 400 others were injured in the fire caused by festive fireworks at the Puttingal Devi temple on Sunday.