The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama offered his condolences and aid to the Kerala flood victims by writing to the Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday. Thousands of people in the state of Kerala has been stranded following one of the worst natural calamities of the century, i.e., the flood caused by heavy rainfall in the recent past.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama while expressing his sadness over the loss of life and property by the unprecedented flood in the state of Kerala, His Holiness also offered his solidarity to victims of the natural calamity and made a financial contribution to the state from the Gaden Phodrang Trust of the Dalai Lama.
“I am writing to express my sadness at the loss of life and devastation of property,” the letter declared, “as well as the hardship caused to so many people due to unprecedented flooding in parts of your state.
“I appreciate that every effort is being made to rescue those affected and that relief efforts are underway. As a mark of my solidarity with the people of Kerala, I am making a donation from the Gaden Phodrang Trust of the Dalai Lama towards relief and rescue efforts.
“I offer my condolences to you, to the families who have lost loved ones, and to all affected by the flooding.”
According to the reports from prominent sources, more than 350 people have been killed, most of them in landslides, since the monsoon started in June. Kerala’s chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan told that the number of people taking refuge in the 5,645 relief camps now stood at 725,000, while promising to save even the last people stranded.