Dalai Lama expresses sadness on loss of life in Kerala flood and landslides

DHARAMSALA, 19 Oct: Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama expressed sadness at the loss of life and property caused by flooding and landslides in many parts of Kerala and offered his condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones.

In a missive to the state’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, the octogenarian Tibetan leader wrote that “I understand that the State government and concerned authorities are making every effort to provide help to those in need and that relief efforts are well underway,” while expressing his deep condolences to the Chief Minister and the families that have lost loved ones in the devastating calamity. 

As a token of sympathy, a donation from the Dalai Lama Trust has been offered towards the rescue and relief efforts, the Tibetan leader’s office said in a statement on the official website dalailama.com.

The Dalai Lama’s Trust has donated INR 11,00,000  towards the rescue and relief efforts. 

At least 27 people have been killed after heavy rain triggered floods and landslides in Kerala since Friday as it caused the rivers to swell and flood causing destruction to human life and property. 

According to the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority, thousands of people have been evacuated to more than 150 relief camps across the state.

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