His Majesty in Sarpang
22 July 2016: His Majesty The King met with the shopkeepers whose shops were washed away by flood and inspected the areas damaged, in Sarpang. His Majesty also met with the dzongkhag officials and others involved in relief efforts.
Due to heavy rain over the past few days, the Sarpang river broke its banks and gradually swept away the shops of the roadside market. Upon receiving Royal Command, a relief team comprising of Royal Bhutan Army personnel, police, government officials, and DeSuups, joined by local volunteers, began relief work immediately after the breach to evacuate the entire market.
The shopkeepers and their families are safe, and food and shelter have been provided for those of need of assistance. The relief team continues to monitor the situation.
The Royal Bhutan Armed Forces and the relevant government agencies are on high alert across the southern belt.
In the evening, His Majesty visited areas along the Maokhola River, in Gelephu, to assess damages and risk posed to structures around it. A water treatment plant which supplies water to the Gelephu Thromde is among the structures along the river which would be affected by rising levels.
His Majesty arrived in Gelephu yesterday.
Personnel from the Armed Forces, Forestry, various government agencies and DeSuups are among those who continue to offer services as part of relief efforts during the flooding in Sarpang and other regions across the country. Joined by local volunteers, the team has been working together to ensure that people are kept from harm’s way, and the floodwater does not obstruct roads or cause additional damages. Such groups are on high alert across the country.