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13 Tibetan Shops Gutted in Andhra Pradesh

January 5, 2009

Saturday, January 03, 2009
Dharamsala - 13 Tibetan makeshift shops have been razed by a fire that broke around midnight of the new-year eve in Hanamkonda, Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh. The fire has also gutted 3 private buses belonging to local Indian travel agents.
An eyewitness told phayul that 13 shops have turned into ashes by the time the firefighters arrived and brought the fire under control. The market had 30 Tibetan shops.
The loss to property is estimated at about 35 lakh rupees though the figure is not official.
Dalit Sena activist Suresh Dandre and Mamindla Narayanan extended their assistance to the Tibetans in coordinating with the district administration which allotted 25 kilograms of rice each to all the affected Tibetan families. The minister for irrigation Ponnala Lakshmaiah, the district collector Mr. B Janardhan Reddy, Superintendent of police V.C Sajjannar visited the area.
This is the second incident of fire at Tibetan markets during 2008-2009 winter business season.
Selling winter garments from October to February has been a major economic activity for the Tibetan refugees in India for many years.
Majority of the Tibetans rely on this seasonal business of winter garments with loans from banks and dealers in Ludhiana.
Tibetan shopkeepers in Hanamkonda are desperately seeking assistance for the families who suffered financial setback due to the fire. Donors can contact Kelsang Ngodup in Hanamkonda on 9177796571
Based on a report sent from site by Tsewang Paljor Tinkey
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