Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has expressed his condolences over the deaths and destruction caused by the recent earthquake in Sikkim and other parts of northeastern region.
He has offered his prayers for those affected by the natural calamity and also donated Rs 500,000 from the Dalai Lama Trust towards relief work in the affected areas.
"I was saddened to learn about the loss of life and damage to property that the recent earthquake has caused across isolated Himalayan regions, particularly in Sikkim.
"I offer my sympathy and condolences to all those families, who have been directly affected by what I understand is one of the worst earthquakes in recent memory," the Dalai Lama said in a letter to the Sikkim Chief Minister.
An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale struck Sikkim on Sunday evening, which also shook parts of north and east India and parts of Bangladesh and Nepal. The quake has claimed at least 57 lives in Sikkim.