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HHDL good picDharamshala — In a letter to the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe, His Holiness the Dalai Lama expressed sympathy for the loss of life and damage to property caused by severe flooding and mudslides in Sri Lanka in recent days.

“I offer my condolences,” he wrote, “and prayers for all the families who have lost loved ones or have been affected by this devastating natural disaster. As a token of my sympathy and concern, I have asked the Dalai Lama Trust to make a donation to the relief and rescue work.”

According to the government of Sri Lanka, widespread flooding and devastating mudslides in Sri Lanka have killed at least 202 people and displaced more 600,000.

Mudslides have become common during Sri Lanka's summer monsoon season as forests across the tropical nation have been cleared for export crops such as tea and rubber, however this year's devastation is being called the worst in a decade.