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The Kashag Offers Condolence to Tibet Flood Victims

The Kashag of the Central Tibetan Administration is deeply saddened by the ongoing floods in Drugchu, near Labrang Tashikhyil in northeastern Amdo Province in Tibet, which has claimed at least 127 lives with more than thousand missing.

The Kashag offers its deep condolence to the surviving relatives and pray for their quick emotional and physical recovery both in terms of health and reconstruction. In this context, the Kashag is organising a special prayer session tomorrow early morning (10 August 2010) at Tsuglagkhang, to pray for the deceased and early recovery of those injured. This will be attended by entire staff of the Central Tibetan Administration.

Around 300 houses have been buried after heavy rains on early Sunday triggered devastating floods and mudslides in Drugchu which has about 40,000 Tibetan residents.

According to media reports, nearly 45,000 affected people have been relocated with the help of rescue operation by the PRC government.

The local Tibetans in the area said the disaster was caused by rampant mining and deforestation, and damming of Drugchu river as well as the unprecedented spell of heavy rain.

9 August 2010