By Lobsang Wangyal
MCLEOD GANJ, India, 27 April 2015
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has expressed sadness about the massive earthquake in Nepal that has killed thousands.
“I offer my condolences to you and to those who have lost members of their families, friends and their homes in this tragedy,” the Dalai Lama wrote in a letter to the Nepalese Prime Minister, Sushil Koirala.
“The people of Nepal and Tibetans have been neighbours throughout history and many Tibetan refugees live in Nepal.”
His office has made monetary contributions towards rescue and relief efforts.
Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, the exile Tibetan Prime Minister, said, “At this dark and painful time, words fail to convey how deeply we feel for the people affected in Nepal, Tibet and India.”
The exile Tibetan administration has donated NPR 20 Lakhs (20,00,000 Nepalese rupees) to the government of Nepal as a token of contribution towards its rescue and relief efforts in the country.
Exile Tibetans in McLeod Ganj held a solidarity gathering at the Main Circle on Sunday, while the Central Tibetan Administration held a prayer service on Monday to mourn the victims of the tragedy.
A magnitude 7.9 earthquake shook Nepal on Saturday killing more that 3,700 people and causing extensive damage to property and infrastructure, making it the worst disaster in Nepal in more than 80 years.
Officials say the death toll does not include the villages where help is still awaited.
People have been filling the parks and other open spaces in Kathmandu after losing their houses, or too terrified of aftershocks to return home.
Many say they are desperate for aid and information on what to do next.