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Dalai Lama expresses sympathy over disasters in Taiwan
Central News Agency
2014-08-09 10:01 PM
New Delhi, Aug. 9 (CNA) The Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, expressed condolences recently to the families of the victims of two recent disasters in Taiwan. "I was heartbroken when I was informed of the Kaohsiung blasts and an earlier plane crash in Penghu. I have been to Taiwan and Kaohsiung and I remember the Taiwanese people's kindness and piety," the exiled spiritual leader said in a letter written in Mandarin. "I have never forgotton you in my heart and I will continue to pray for you," said the Dalai Lama, who started a spiritual retreat July 25 and learned of the two incidents via his aides on Aug. 2. Tsegyam Ngaba, secretary-general of the Dalai Lama's office, told CNA on Saturday that the letter had been delivered to Taipei's Tibet Religious Foundation of H.H. the Dalai Lama on Friday afternoon. When the Dalai Lama learned of the incidents, he became "serious and solemn and clasped his hands in devout prayer," Ngaba said. The Tibetan spiritual leader visited Taiwan in 2009 after Typhoon Morakot caused massive flooding and landslides that left 681 dead and 18 missing. Asked about the possibility of another visit to Taiwan, Ngaba said the Dalai Lama had not received any invitations and that the spiritual leader will have a tight schedule, starting in late August once the retreat is over. Forty-eight people were killed and 10 injured when TransAsia Airways Flight 222 crashed near Magong Airport in Penghu on July 23, while 30 people were killed and over 300 injured in a series of deadly gas explosions in Kaohsiung on July 31. (By Joseph Ho and James Lee)
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