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Dalai Lama leads campaign to help flood-ravaged people of Assam

Expressing his solidarity with the flood-ravaged people of Assam, Tibetan spiritual leader made a contribution to the relief fund

In a show of solidarity with the people of flood-ravaged Assam, the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has vowed to make a donation towards relief of the affected.

Describing it “as a mark of solidarity” with the people, Dalai Lama in a letter to the State Chief Minister, Himanta B Sarma expressed concern about the unprecedented rainfall and flooding which had led to loss of lives, displacement of people and destruction of property.

The Tibetan spiritual leader wrote: “It is most unfortunate that the monsoon rains in Assam and other parts of India seem to wreak havoc year after year. I would like to express my sadness about the hardship caused to so many people in your state due to the recent floods. I offer my deep condolences to you, to the families who have lost loved ones, and to everyone affected by the flooding.”

Mentioning about contributing in the efforts to help the people, the leader wrote: “As a mark of my solidarity with the people of Assam, I am making a donation from the Gaden Phodrang Trust of the Dalai Lama to support those efforts.”

He also appreciated the efforts of the agencies involved in rescue and relief operations.

Among others who have contributed to the Assam Chief Minister’s Relief Fund are Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam, music producer Bharat Bhushan, actor Arjun Kapoor and director Rohit Shetty.

Within the last one week 32 out of 36 districts in the State have been gravely impacted by the floods with fatalities having gone up to 82.