By Lobsang Tenchoe
DHARAMSALA, April 13, 2016: Deeply saddened by the loss of lives in a devastating fire at Puttingal Devi temple in the coastal town of Paravur in the southern state of Kerala, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has donated Rs 10 lakh to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund to be used for relief and rehabilitation of the victims.
The fire work show that is part of an annual festival caused the blaze at 500 year old temple. The tragedy left 110 people killed and over 350 injured.
“I would like to express my condolences to you and the families who have lost loved ones, as well as those who were injured in this devastating tragedy. I understand that everything is being done to treat those injured and that rescue and relief efforts are well underway. As a token of my sympathy, I would like to make a donation from the Dalai Lama Trust towards the relief efforts,” His Holiness said in missive to the office of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.