Posted November 20, 2018 09:32:40 The Dalai Lama has called on the Australian Government to close the border between China and India after a major earthquake in the Indian state of Uttarakhand claimed more than 1,000 lives.
Key points:The death toll was revised to 1,027 after the Government changed the official death toll from 1,029 to 1.5Thousands of people were displaced as a result of the quake, which struck at around 5:20am (AEST) on Thursday.
The Government said the quake was “very severe” but there were no immediate reports of any casualties.
The Tibetan spiritual leader said people were “troubled” by the number of dead and said that while the death toll had risen, he hoped people would focus on the rescue efforts and help the injured.
“The number of fatalities has risen to more than one million,” he said.
“If there are more people who are hurt, then we hope they will help the wounded.”
It is difficult for us to understand how we could have such a disaster.
“Tibetan spiritual leader says people are “truly troubled” by death tolls but are focused on rescue efforts “There are people in my community who are very distressed by the death of so many people and have been crying for help.
“I think that people are truly troubled by the loss of so much life.”
The Dalai Lama spoke to reporters after visiting a village in the area.
He said he had been in contact with senior officials in India and asked for their assistance.
“We are asking the Indian Government to open up the border to our people.
We will be waiting for them,” he added.
Tibets have been concerned about border closures since a series of earthquakes hit the Indian states of Uttarkashi and Himachal Pradesh last year.
India’s border with Nepal is closed on the Nepal side of the Himalayas.
More than 2,000 people have died since the earthquakes, which occurred as Nepal was celebrating the 70th anniversary of the independence of the country.
Tens of thousands of people have been displaced and some have been stranded in remote areas.