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Back to listSep 6, 2005

Response to Hurricane Katrina

On August 29, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the United States, causing unparalleled destruction and losses to the areas of Mississippi, Louisiana, and parts of Alabama. Thousands lost their lives and many more were forced to evacuate. New Orleans is particularly affected, with much of the city still submerged in water.

To coordinate relief activities, SGI-USA has set up two centers, one in their national headquarters in Santa Monica, California, and another in the SGI-USA Memphis, Tennessee center.

Since the hurricane first hit the US, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda has been sending messages to encourage SGI-USA members. One message sent on September 1, states, "I am sending daimoku for the safety and well-being of all of you, the soonest possible rebuilding of your precious communities and the eternal repose of all who lost their lives in this tragedy." In addition, he also sent an official telegram on September 1 to US President George Bush, expressing his deepest sympathy for all the victims and their bereaved families. Mr. Ikeda also mentioned in the telegrams that he is offering prayers for the earliest restoration of the ravaged areas.

SGI General Director Yoshitaka Ohba has also sent a message to SGI-USA members on September 5, expressing his sympathy for the tragedies and sufferings caused by the hurricane and offering his prayers for the early recovery of the affected areas.