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Dalai Lama Leads Third Week Prayers for Earthquake Victims

Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche with the dignitaries of CTA calls for a minute's silence by the congregation.

Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama led the mass prayer today in Dharamsala to observe the third-week of the devastating earthquake that struck Kyigudo on April 14.

Under the direction of the religious department of the Central Tibetan administration, Tibetan exiles in Bhutan, India and Nepal - led by senior lamas and regional administrative heads - held a minute-long silence at 7:49am local time in their respective settlements. Tibetans elsewhere around the world have also been urged to observe the same in their respective localities.

Prayer service is the third one held here every week since the earthquake, weekly prayer service for seven consecutive weeks after the death of a person has religious significance in the Tibetan Buddhist custom.

China's Xinhua news agency says the death toll from the April 14th earthquakes in Yushu County to 2,220, more than 12,000 injured and hundreds have been reported missing. Most of the people in Yushu are Tibetans.

Chinese officials have ignored the Dalai Lama's appeal to be allowed to visit the disaster zone.

Some information for this report was provided by and Phayul.