Dharamsala : Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Ven. Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, expressed his condolences on behalf of Tibetan Parliament in Exile, to the victims of the earthquake that shook Taiwan, especially the coastal city of Hualien on Feb 6, 2018 at 11.50pm.
In his letter to the President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, he wrote, ‘We can understand the pain and the concern that you and the people of your nation must feel as the overwhelming sadness over the destruction and losses are wrought upon by this tragedy.’
‘As the situation continues to unfold, we hope you and your people will find solace and comfort in knowing that the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and the Tibetan people stand in solidarity with you all at this time of trail and grief,‘ further wrote the Speaker.
He wished the injured and the affected of speedy recovery from the effects of this calamity.
Taiwan was hit with an earthquake of 6.4 magnitude at 11.50 pm. Tuesday on 6th Feb. It was mainly centered 14 miles northeast of the coastal city of Hualien, where the force was strongest though the tremors were felt all over the nation.
Official has put the toll at 9 dead and 62 others missing today.
Many of the missing were believed to be trapped in the 12-story Yun Men Tsui Ti building, which housed a small hotel, apartments and a hot-pot restaurant. About 196 people have been rescued so far from that building and three others.