DHARAMSHALA: Thousands of Tibetans and foreigners gathered today at the Tsuglakhang to pray for the victims of the massive earthquake that shook Nepal, Tibet and northern parts of India on 25 April.
The prayer service was organised by the Kashag of the Central Tibetan Administration after an emergency meeting yesterday, to offer prayers and express solidarity with those affected by the earthquake.
Expressing his profound grief and condolences at the prayer service, Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay, the democratically elected political leader of the Tibetan people, said: “The earthquake has resulted in extensive damage to life and property in Nepal and its adjoining countries like Tibet, Bangladesh, Bhutan and India.”
“Over 3600 people have died and 6500 were injured in Nepal. Among the dead include two Tibetans including one youth in Boudha and a nun in border area nunnery. Minor damages to the monasteries and remote Tibetan settlements in Nepal have also been reported,” he said.
Explaining the situation inside Tibet, Sikyong said,“ The impact of the earthquake has also spread to many areas in Tibet particularly Kyidong, Nyalam, Dhingri, Dromo etc. At least twenty Tibetans have been confirmed dead and 65 injured as a result of the earthquake in Tibet.”
“Therefore, I offer my sincere prayers for those who have lost their lives and hope that those injured recover soon.” Sikyong said.
The Central Tibetan Administration has also pledged to donate NPR 20 Lacs as contribution towards relief efforts in Nepal and has further instructed its representatives in offices of Tibet abroad and settlement officers to collect donations from their respective areas for the quake victims.