Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India - His Holiness the Dalai Lama has written to the Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, to express his sadness at the loss of life and the suffering that so many people in his state are facing as a result of severe monsoon flooding. He offered his prayers and condolences to families who have lost loved ones.
“I commend the state government,” he wrote, “and all those engaged in rescue work and the provision of relief to people affected by this natural calamity. As a mark of solidarity with the people of Bihar, I have asked the Dalai Lama Trust to make a donation towards the relief and rescue efforts.”
His Holiness added that since such disasters seem to recur year after year, he hopes, as a friend and regular visitor to Bihar, that steps are being taken to explore long-term solutions to such calamities, which unfortunately deflect attention from other vital development initiatives.