Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India – His Holiness the Dalai Lama has written to Shri Pushkar Singh Dhami, Chief Minister of the North Indian state of Uttarakhand, to express his deep sadness about the loss of life and damage to property, as well as the hardship caused to many people, as a result of heavy rainfall in the state.
“I offer my condolences to those who have lost loved ones,” he wrote, “and pray for them. I also pray for the safety and well-being of people still reportedly trapped under debris and in flooded areas.
“I very much appreciate that the State Government is engaged in rescue work and is doing its utmost to provide relief to people affected by this calamity. As a mark of solidarity with the people of Uttarakhand, I have asked the Dalai Lama Trust (DLT) to make a donation towards relief and rescue efforts.”