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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Sends Condolences To Quake-hit Chile

March 2, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
March 1, 2010

Dharamshala -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama sent a
letter to President Michelle Bachelet of Chile on
28 February, expressing his sadness "by the loss
of many lives and the extensive damage to roads
and buildings as a result of the massive earthquake that struck Central Chile".

His Holiness extended his prayers, sympathy and
condolences to "those who have been directly affected by this tragedy".

The 8.8-magnitude quake that hit China Saturday
killed at least 708 people and destroyed or badly
damaged 500,000 homes, The Associated Press reported Monday.

"We are confronting an emergency without parallel
in Chile's history," President Bachelet said. She
said "a growing number" of people were recorded as missing.

At least 541 of the deaths were in the Maule
region, about 300km south of the capital
Santiago, the epicentre of the earthquake that
struck central Chile early on Saturday, leaving
entire towns cut off from rescuers with roads and
bridges crumpled, according to AFP news agency.

In the country's second city of Concepcion, close
to the quake epicentre, recovery attempts are
being focused on uncovering survivors trapped in
the rubble of collapsed buildings.
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