"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 people's kindness and piety," His Holiness the Dalai lama said in a letter written in Mandarin.
"I have never forgotten you in my heart and I will continue to pray for you," said the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, who started a spiritual retreat on July 25 and learned of the two incidents via his aides on Aug. 2.
"I have never forgotten you in my heart and I will continue to pray for you," said His Holiness who came to know of the disasters through his aides. His Holiness had entered into a spiritual retreat on July 25.
Tsegyam Ngaba, secretary (Chinese language section) of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's office, told CNA Saturday that the letter had been delivered to the 'Tibet Religious Foundation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama' in Taipei on Friday afternoon.
When the His Holiness learned of the incidents, he became "serious and solemn and clasped his hands in devout prayer," the CNA quotes him as saying.
His Holiness visited Taiwan in 2009 after Typhoon Morakot caused massive flooding and landslides that killed about 700 people.
Forty-eight people were killed and 10 injured when Trans Asia Airways Flight 222 crashed near Magong Airport in Penghu on July 23, while 30 people were killed and 310 injured in a series of deadly gas explosions in Kaohsiung on July 31 and Aug. 1.