In a letter to the Chief Minister of Orissa dated 29 September, His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote:
“I am saddened to know that some of the worst floods ever seen in Orissa have resulted in the loss of many lives and a great deal of property, wreaking havoc on millions of people in your state.
“As a token of my sympathy and concern for this disaster, I am making a donation of Rs. 10 lakhs (Ten lakh rupees) from The Dalai Lama Trust to support the relief work. I understand that a team of volunteers from the Tibetan Settlement in Chandragiri, Ganjam District is also on its way to give help in the flood affected areas.“