In an emergency meeting of the Kashag (Tibetan Parliament in Dharamsala ) on Sunday, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has expressed its deep shock and sadness at the horrific devastation to life and property caused by the massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake that shook Nepal, the northern parts of India and Tibet on 25 April 2015.
The meeting further decided that the CTA would hold a special prayer session tomorrow on 27/04/2015 at 4 pm at Tsuglagkhang (Main Tibetan temple) McleodGanj, Dharamshala to offer prayers to those who have lost their lives in this natural disaster.
The Kashag, CTA, will also donate a sum of NPR 20 lacs to the government of Nepal as a token of contribution from the Central Tibetan Administration towards its rescue and relief efforts in the country.
The Kashag has instructed its representative’s abroad and settlement officers to collect donations from their respective areas towards relief efforts in Nepal. The Kashag further instructed all Tibetan settlements, monasteries and communities in Nepal to actively engage in rescue and relief efforts in their localities.
While expressing his grief and sadness, Sikyong, (Tibetan Prime Minister in Exile) Dr. Lobsang Sangay, the political leader of the Tibetan people, said, “At this dark and painful time, words fail to convey how deeply we feel for the people affected in Nepal, Tibet and India”.
“On behalf of the Central Tibetan Administration and the entire Tibetan people, I express my profound sympathies and condolences to those who have lost their loved ones and whose lives have been severely devastated by this horrific natural calamity. Our sincere prayers are with the people affected by the earthquake and the governments at this time of national tragedy,” concluded Dr. Lobsang Sangay.