Nepal: Historical Buddhist sites damaged

Hirunews, 26 April 2015

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Majority of Buddhist places of worship in Katmandu were damaged following the strongest earthquake which hit Nepal after 80 years.

Chief Incumbent of Sri Lanka Maha Pirivena Venerable Nagoda Amarawansa Thera revealed these facts today while attending a media briefing held at the Department of Government Information today.

The historical Dharahara Tower in the capital Katmandu was destroyed following the earthquake.

The tower which was built in 1832 was declared as a World Heritage site by the UNESCO.

Meanwhile, during a ceremony held in Pitabeddara, Matara this morning, Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed his views regarding the earthquake which hit Nepal.

He said that talks were held between him and the President on providing relief aid to the victims in Nepal, since it is also the birthplace of the Buddha.

The Prime Minister also stated that Sri Lanka has great experience of such situations after facing calamities like Tsunami and floods.

He also said that the first team carrying relief aid had already reached Katmandu, and the country is ready to send more relief as necessary.

The Prime Minister’s Office also called for volunteer doctors and nurses to contact the office via 071 24 92 484, since there’s a necessity of Medical and relief services in Nepal.

Meanwhile, speaking during a media briefing held at the Department of Government Information, Venerable Nagoda Amarawansa Thera stated that Lumbini - the birthplaces of the Buddha – has not received any damages after the earthquake, however, several Buddhist temples in Katmandu have been damaged.

A special program has been implemented by the Sri Lanka Maha Bodhi Society to the Nepalese victims.