The Dalai Lama has assured his followers that he is in excellent health
upon his return Saturday to the Tibetan government-in-exile's
headquarters in northern India.
Hundreds of Tibetans, holding incense sticks and scarves, lined the streets of Dharamsala town to celebrate the return of the Tibetan spiritual leader. Prayer flags fluttered and colorful banners with Tibetan symbols were strung across the streets of the mountain town in the Himalayan foothills.
Homemaker Dulce del Carmen Lavarenzo Pu had just returned from church
when the ground shook and she heard a terrible noise. A wave of mud slid
from the nearby mountainside and buried everything just 150 feet (50
meters) from her house.
"Everything went black, because the lights went out," said the 28-year-old of the mudslide that struck Thursday night in her neighborhood on the outskirts of Guatemala City. "Ash and dust were falling, so we left the house. You couldn't see anything."