Parliament Expresses Grief Over Loss of Lives in Tibet Flood
[Monday, 9 August 2010, 5:29 p.m.]

Mudslides buried some 300 houses in Drugchu in northeastern Tibet on Sunday, 8 August 2010
Dharamshala: The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile has conveyed its deep condolences to those affected by the devastating mudslides which hit Drugchu in northeastern Amdo Province of Tibet on early Sunday.

“The Tibetan Parliament would like to express condolence to our brethren who lost their lives and those injured, and pray for the deceased to attain early rebirth in human realm,” the Parliament said in its condolence message.

The Parliament expressed its deep concern over the safety of those living in the low lying areas of Drugchu.

“Drugchu region of Amdo is one of the largest forested-region in Tibet and it has never been affected by floods in its recorded history. But the natural environment of Tibet has suffered adverse impact due to rampant cutting of trees after the invasion. The latest devastating flood primarily resulted from mining and building of hydroelectric plants under government projects which lack mechanisms to protect Tibet’s natural environment. We hope that the Chinese government will implement in Tibet the ideal that it has established to develop in conformity with science,” the statement noted.

“We do no doubt the motivation of the Chinese security forces and police who are leading the rescue efforts. But we hope that those affected people wont have to bear more suffering under the government policy of maintaining social stability and censorship.”

At least 127 people have been confirmed dead and over 2,000 still missing after the rain-triggered mudslides inundated nearly 300 houses.