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'Saddened by Assam floods': Dalai Lama writes to CM expressing solidarity

'Saddened by Assam floods': Dalai Lama writes to CM expressing solidarity

'Saddened by Assam floods': Dalai Lama writes to CM expressing solidarity
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By Karishma Hasnat  Jul 17, 2020 6:58:55 PM IST (Published)

The Dalai Lama wrote to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal expressing his sadness at the loss of lives and devastation of properties due to flooding in parts of Assam.

Buddhist leader Dalai Lama wrote to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal expressing his sadness at the loss of lives and devastation of properties due to flooding in parts of Assam and appreciating the relief and rescue efforts of the government.

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"The monsoon rains in Assam and other parts of India bring destruction and great suffering to people year after year. Unfortunately, this year the situation has been made even more troublesome by the continuing coronavirus pandemic. I am writing to you today to express my sadness at the loss of life and devastation of property, as well as the tremendous hardship caused to so many, due to flooding in many parts of your state," the Dalai Lama said in his letter.
"I appreciate that the state government is doing everything it can to rescue those affected and that relief efforts are underway. As a gesture of solidarity with the people of Assam, I am making a donation from the Dalai Lama Trust towards relief and rescue efforts," he added.
Around 40 lakh people in 27 of Assam's 33 districts are affected by the deluge.
The total number of people killed in flood-related incidents in the state this year has gone up to 97. While 71 people died due to the deluge, 26 were killed in landslides till July 16, according to officials.
(With PTI inputs)
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