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Floods Affect Tibetan Settlers Near Choglamsar: Report

August 9, 2010

Central Tibetan Administraion (CTA)
August 7, 2010

Dharamshala -- Sonamling Tibetan Settlement's
camp no. 10 and 4, located near Choglamsar in
Ladakh, have been badly affected by devastating
floods which hit the region on Thursday night.

"Fortunately, there has been no report of any
Tibetan killed till date," a senior official of
the Central Tibetan Administration's home department in Dharamsala said today.

"We have sent urgent instruction to the
settlement officer and concerned staff to take
stock of the situation, and apprise the chief
minister and local officials about the problems
during their visits," Joint Secretary Tsering Topgyal said.

"We directed our officials to get detail reports
from each and every Tibetan family, and to use
every available means of information like videos
and photographs to apprise us of the situation.
Plans are afoot to send staff from the head
office to help in the relief effort," he added.

"There are unconfirmed media reports about death
of three members of a Tibetan family among those
killed around capital Leh," he said.

Tibetans will offer prayers for the victims at
the main Buddhist temple Tsuglagkhang in Dharamsala on Sunday at 9:00 am.

At least 115 people have been killed and over 500
others injured so far, media reports say.
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