Maharashtra rain: Dalai Lama expressed grief over the death of people, wrote a letter to CM showing solidarity

Dharamsala, 25 July

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray expressing grief over the loss of lives due to rain-related incidents in the state and also donated for the ongoing relief and rescue efforts.

The death toll in Maharashtra’s Pune and Konkan divisions in the last three days due to torrential rains and landslides in some areas rose to 112 on Saturday, including 52 in coastal Raigad district alone.

Inspired by news reports about loss of life, damage to properties and suffering of so many people in Maharashtra as a result of devastating floods over the past few days, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has written to the Chief Minister to pray and make a statement. Condolences to the families who lost their loved ones.

“I understand that the state government and the concerned authorities are doing everything possible to help the people affected by the severe monsoon rains. As a gesture of our solidarity with the people of Maharashtra, I have asked the Dalai Lama Trust to donate towards relief and rescue efforts,” the statement quoted the Dalai Lama as saying.

The Dalai Lama, whose real name is Tenzin Gyatso, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, and is respected around the world for his advocacy for independence from Tibet and other causes. – PTI

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