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Dalai Lama saddened by Chennai rain devastations, donates for relief

Chennai: People wade through flood waters in rain-hit Chennai on Thursday. (Source: PTI photo)
Chennai: People wade through flood waters in rain-hit Chennai on Thursday. (Source: PTI photo)

(TibetanReview.net, Dec06, 2015) – Tibet’s exile spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has on Dec 4 expressed sadness at the devastation caused by unprecedented rain in Chennai (formerly Madras) City of Tamil Nadu state, India. He has also directed the Dalai Lama Trust to make a donation of Rs. 1.5 million towards the ongoing relief and rescue operations.

The region has been hit by an amount of rain unprecedented in the past more than a century, leading to leading to normal life being thrown into disarray. More than a hundred-thousand people have been evacuated while there have been losses of lives and properties as well as destruction of infrastructure.

Conveying his message of sadness and sympathy for the victims to the state’s Chief Minister Ms Jayalalitha, the Dalai Lama recalled his first visit to the city in 1956 for the 2500th birth anniversary of the Buddha and on subsequent occasions, including most recently three weeks earlier as the rainfall began.

The Dalai Lama conveyed to the chief minister his prayers for the people of the state who have suffered due to the losses of lives and properties.

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