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11agust20103Dharamshala: Hundreds of Tibetans converged at the main Buddhist temple in Dharamshala yesterday morning (August 10) to offer special prayers for the thousands of people affected by floods and mudslides in Drugchu county, eastern Tibet.

The prayers, led by Tromthok Rinpoche, abbot of Namgyal Monastery, were offered in hope of the early attainment of a good rebirth for those killed and a quick recovery for those injured. Tibetan government official media reported the prayers were also offered for the well-being of all humanity.

The hour-long service was organised by the Department of Religion and Culture of the Central Tibetan Administration. It was led by senior officials of Namgyal Monastery and was attended by the entire staff of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) together with hundreds of Tibetans from both monastic and lay communities in Dharamshala.

According to a report on Tuesday by Xinhua, the Chinese state-controlled media, the mudslides in Drugchu county have taken more than 700 lives and as many as 1,400 people are still missing.

Last week, Tibetans in Dharamshala also organised a prayer ceremony for victims of Ladakh floods that have left more than 100 dead.

On Sunday, both of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile and the Kashag (Cabinet) of the Central Tibetan Administration expressed their condolences to the flood victims.

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