Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has expressed his solidarity with people of Odisha over ravages caused by Cyclone Amphan.
In a letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the Buddhist leader said he is making a donation from the Dalai Lama Trust for the relief and rebuilding efforts “as a mark of solidarity with the people of Odisha.” He has also written such a letter to WB CM Mamata Banerjee.
However, the amount of donation was not mentioned in the statement issued by his office on Thursday.
“This morning, His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote to Chief Ministers Naveen Patnaik and Mamata Banerjee to express his sadness over the loss of life, the devastation of property, as well as the hardship caused to so many people due to Cyclone Amphan,” said the statement on Thursday.
It may be noted that while about 77 people have died in West Bengal, there has been no confirmation of any loss of human life in Odisha due to the cyclone, though it affected nearly 45 lakh people and damaged a large number of houses in the coastal districts.
The Dalai Lama also appreciated the preparations that were made to respond to the natural disaster in the two States.