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Dalai Lama Contributes 1,000,000 Indian Rupees to Leh Flood Victims

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has contributed Indian Rupees 1,000,000 to facilitate relief efforts for the cloud-burst flood victims in India's mountainous Ladakh region of Indian Kashmir.

Four Tibetan exile non-governmental organizations (Tibetan Women's Association, Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet, National Democratic Party of Tibet and Students for a Free Tibet, India) have organized a special prayer session for the flood victims. Tenzin Dolma, Joint Secretary of TWA said they are also collecting donations to send to the residents of the flood-affected area.

Some 60 people have died and about 200 others injured in flash floods caused by an intense nighttime downpour when most residents in the Himalayan region were asleep.

The flood waters, carrying mud and debris, coursed down the mountain slopes of Ladakh, causing widespread damage in the region's main city, Leh, and surrounding villages. Buildings, homes, power and telephone lines collapsed, vehicles were washed away and many people were trapped under the debris.

The Tibetan spiritual leader has recently successfully concluded a weeklong religious teaching in Nubra Valley in Ladakh. The Dalai Lama first visited Ladakh in 1967, followed by frequent visits to Leh, Nyuma, Hanle, Zanskar and Nubra to give teachings to the large number of Buddhists residing in the region. The Tibetan leader also gave Kalachakra initiations in Leh in 1976 and in Zangskar in 1988.