National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan also extended condolences to Speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly of Indonesia Zulkifli Hasan.

The Vietnamese leaders expressed their deep condolences to Indonesian leaders over the great losses caused by the natural disaster which happened only three months after the quake and tsunami in Sulawesi province.

Debris littered a property badly damaged by a tsunami in Carita, Indonesia. Photo:

They also expressed the Vietnamese people’s solidarity with and readiness to help ease the Indonesian people’s difficulties, saying they hope the Indonesian people would quickly overcome the consequences of the disaster and normalize their life.

The same day, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also sent his condolences to Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.

According to local authorities, as of December 23, the tsunami following a volcanic eruption claimed over 220 lives and wounded 800 others. Initial estimates showed that about 430 houses were destroyed.

Source: VNA