Sonia writes to Nepal PM, expresses shock over loss of lives

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New Delhi, Apr 27: Congress President Sonia Gandhi has written to Prime Minister of Nepal Sushil Koirala expressing shock and grief over the loss of lives and property in the devastating earthquake.

She has also written separately to former prime ministers Sher Bahadur Deuba and Madhav K Nepal. [Nepal may face more earthquakes, says US Geological Survey centre]

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In her letter to Koirala, who is also the president of Nepali Congress, she said that the Indian National Congress wholeheartedly supports the rescue and relief operations being undertaken by the Indian Air Force and Army and spoke about the "historic relationship" between the two countries.

"There exists a natural affinity between the people of India and Nepal," she said.

Gandhi said that she was deeply grieved and shocked by the devastation caused by the earthquake in Nepal and the aftershocks that followed.

"The tragic loss of thousands of lives and the enormity of destruction have saddened us all. I myself and on behalf of the members of the Indian National Congress convey our heartfelt condolences to the people of Nepal."

"...I take this opportunity to assure you of our continued solidarity with your government and support to the people of Nepal in this moment of crisis," she said.

In her letter to Deuba and Nepal, she reiterated the same.

PTI

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