Windstorm wreaks havoc in Mongar
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.”