A woman carries pitchers next to uprooted trees and a fallen signboard following Cyclone Fani in Khordha district in Odisha. Photograph:( Reuters )
'As a mark of solidarity with the people of Odisha, I am donating Rs 1,000,000 from the Dalai Lama Trust to the efforts to provide relief and rebuilt,' a letter written by the Dalai Lama's office to Patnaik, said.
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan have come forward with donations for those affected by cyclone 'Fani', which caused widespread destruction in the state and claimed at least 35 lives, reported news agency PTI.
"As a mark of solidarity with the people of Odisha, I am donating Rs 1,000,000 from the Dalai Lama Trust to the efforts to provide relief and rebuilt," a letter written by the Dalai Lama's office to Patnaik, said.
The spiritual leader also hailed the measures taken by the Odisha government in facing the cyclonic storm. Due to the proactive steps, the human casualties have been minimal, the Dalai Lama said.
"At the same time, I would like to express my sadness about the lives that were lost, the devastation of property, and hardship this storm has caused to many people," he said.
Meanwhile, Patnaik announced he will donate one year's salary to the chief minister's relief fund for the cyclone-hit people, the report added.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also donated his one month's salary.
Official sources said the government of Chhattishgarh has donated Rs 11 crore to the chief minister's relief fund, while Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu contributed Rs 10 crore each for the cyclone victims. The Uttarakhand government has donated Rs 5 crore.