His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Photo: File

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Dharamshala, India —  His Holiness the Dalai Lama has written to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo to convey his concern over the news of the recent floods in Europe.

Since July 12, destructive floods have hit several European countries, causing deaths and widespread damage. The floods have affected river basins across Europe, starting in the United Kingdom and spreading across northern and central Europe including Austria, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland and Italy.

“I am saddened to see reports of the unprecedented flooding that has wreaked havoc across Western Europe, particularly affecting Belgium and Germany,” expressed the Spiritual Leader.

“The loss of life, damage to property, and hardship that thousands of people are facing is most upsetting," he wrote.

“I understand that every effort is being made to help those affected. I would like to express my condolences to the bereaved and my deep sympathy for those left devastated by this catastrophe. My thoughts are with everyone affected by this calamity,” wrote His Holiness, offering his deepest condolences to all those affected.