Uttarakhand disaster: Dalai Lama saddened by loss of life, offers his sympathy and support

DHARAMSALA, 10 Feb: The Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has expressed his sadness at the loss of life and concern about those who are still missing following the glacial burst in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

“I offer my condolences to those who have lost loved ones and pray for them. I also pray for the safety and wellbeing of those who are still missing,” the Dalai Lama has said in a missive he addressed to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Wednesday.

The Tibetan Nobel Laureate has further lauded the State and the Central government’s relief and rescue efforts following the disaster.

“I understand that both the Central and the State Governments are engaged in rescue work and are doing their utmost to provide relief to people affected by this calamity.”

As a mark of solidarity with the people of Uttarakhand, the Dalai Lama has also offered “a donation from the Dalai Lama Trust to the relief and rescue efforts.”

Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district witnessed widespread destruction on Sunday due to flash floods triggered by glacier burst.

As of press time, 172 people are still missing while 32 bodies have been recovered so far.

Efforts are on from security forces engaged in relief and rescue operations to locate workers who are trapped inside a tunnel at the Tapovan power project.

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