Wind­storm wreaks havoc in Mon­gar

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Alarge wind­storm that swept across the coun­try last Wed­nes­day has dam­aged crops and houses in Mon­gar. The wind­storm struck af­ter dusk.

The dev­as­ta­tions were re­ported mainly in three gewogs of Chali, Balam and Tshakaling. The as­sess­ment of the dam­age re­ported dev­as­ta­tion of more than 19 acres of maize and more than 41 acres of paddy. More­over, four houses were de­stroyed partly with 110 house­holds af­fected.

The mag­ni­tude of the wind­storm was so se­vere that the lo­cals called it, “evil force.”

“This wind storm was so de­struc­tive that it ren­dered my house roof­less. It had also crushed my maize and paddy yields,” said 43year old Sonam, who has lived more than 12 years in Chali. His wife seemed ag­o­nized by the loss.

“We had wind­storm be­fore, but this one was fe­ro­cious of all,” he added.

While the dam­ages are re­ported to the lo­cal author­i­ties, the Dzongkhag pro­vided tar­pau­lin as tem­po­rary roof­ing.

“I hope the Dzongkhag will help me reroof my house,” he said.

Chali Gup, Tandin Tshe­wang, said, “This is re­ally dev­as­tat­ing. It is go­ing to be a huge loss of in­come for us.”

“I am dis­ap­pointed. But be­ing a farmer you have to be pre­pared to deal with any sit­u­a­tion. We are go­ing to work even harder and re­cover our yields again,” said Yeshey Choden, a 42-year old from Chali.

In Tshakaling ge­wog, the roofs of three houses were blown away. The de­struc­tion of maize and paddy were also sub­stan­tial.

How­ever, farmer Tashi of the ge­wog is not de­terred by the bru­tal­ity of na­ture.

“I’ve been hit by floods and earth­quakes. The wind­storm doesn’t worry me much,” he said.

Balam ge­wog is the least af­fected. Only few maize and paddy fields were dam­aged ac­cord­ing to the As­sis­tant Dis­trict Agri­cul­ture Of­fi­cer.

Kidu Of­fi­cer, Karma Cheoda, said, “The Dzongkhag will be help­ing the farm­ers. In fact we have al­ready started re­pair­ing houses in Tshakaling.”

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