DHARAMSALA, 9 Jan: His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Wednesday extended condolences to the Prime Minister and the people of Australia over “the bush fires that have devastated so much of their beautiful country.”
“May I offer my condolences to the families whose members have lost their lives as a result of the bush fires and to those many people who have become homeless after the fires caused unprecedented damage to property,” the Dalai Lama said in the missive to the Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison offering his sympathies.
The Tibetan spiritual leader has also expressed his sadness over the tremendous loss of the wildlife in the bushfire but reserved special praise to the bravery shown by the Australians battles the raging fires.
“It is simply heart wrenching to learn about these ferocious infernos and yet so inspiring to learn about the personal bravery of so many volunteers who have come together as firefighters,” it read.
According to one biodiversity expert’s count, an estimated 1 billion animals were killed by the fires.
The Dalai Lama also praised Morrison’s Administration and the respective state governments and territories for the “efficient measures being taken” by them to “provide necessary support and assistance in dealing with these devastating fires and their consequences,” in the missive.
The Tibetan Nobel Laureate who calls the entire seven billion human beings as one family has further commended the overwhelming support Australia was offered by the global community during the ongoing bushfire crisis.
“May I also add that I am very heartened by generous gestures of solidarity of the global community in their support for the well-being of all those affected. This is an example of the oneness of humanity and its compassionate nature. On an individual level, each and every one of us must now take steps to counter global warming,” the missive stated.
According to a report on CNN, Australia is presently battling its worst wildfires in decades that began in late July 2019 and has spread across every Australian state.
Meanwhile, as Australia continues to contain the massive blazes exacerbated by persistent heat and drought with firefighting assistance from other countries, it is reported that so far it took 27 people’s lives and ravaged over 1,400 homes.