DHARAMSALA 22 June: The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama has “expressed concern about the unprecedented rainfall and flooding in Assam that has led to extensive loss of life, the devastation of property and displaced millions of people over the last week.”
“It is most unfortunate that the monsoon rains in Assam and other parts of India seem to wreak havoc year after year,” the Dalai Lama has said in a missive addressed to Assam’s Chief Minister, Dr Himanta B. Sarma and offered his deep condolences to the Chief Minister, families that have lost loved ones and to everyone affected by the flooding,
“I would like to express my sadness about the hardship caused to so many people in your state due to the recent floods. I offer my deep condolences to you, to the families who have lost loved ones, and to everyone affected by the flooding,” the Dalai Lama has said.
The octogenarian Tibetan leader has further applauded the relief and rescue efforts that are underway and as a mark of solidarity with the people of Assam, the Tibetan Nobel Laureate has offered a donation from the Dalai Lama Trust towards the relief and rescue efforts.
The catastrophic deluge has resulted in the loss of 88 lives and affected the lives of 55 lakh people across 32 districts. Currently, over 26 lakh people who were displaced from their homes are living in the 862 relief camps, Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said.