Keep safe and stay safe
T he rain in the south Dzongkhags has really played havoc for a couple of days. The road connecting the main town of the southern part of the country has been washed away by the torrential rains. Many people have lost their homes and properties. Further many bridges have been damaged causing a huge loss to the government and many gewogs in the southern Dzongkhags has been cut off from the Dzongkhag headquarters.
People in Thimphu have lined up the fuel stations to refuel their cars in case the fuel depots run out of fuel due to the blockage of the Thimphu – Phuentsholing highway. The fuel authorities had confirmed that the fuel will last for two days and after that they will get the supplies from the fuel depot in Dechencholing.
The major road block on the Thimphu – Phuentsholing at Kamji which is about 22 km from Phuentsholing is clear for traffic. The other two major landslides along highway at Taktikoti, Gedu and Wangkha are clear for traffic.
Project Dantak has employed men and machines to clear the eight landslides on the Thimphu – Phuentsholing . All efforts are being made to clear the road as soon as possible.
Sarpang Dzongkhag experienced the worst rain so far. The town along with the highway that connects Gelephu to Thimphu has been completely washed away. The Dzongkhag authorities with the help of armed forces, forestry, various government agencies and DeSuups evacuated the shopkeepers and other affected people to the safer place. The team has also been working together to ensure that the people are kept away from harm and taking all measures possible so that the floodwater does not cause additional harm to the road and property.
In Gelegphu the rescue team savaging the water tank has to be withdrawn as Mao Khola bursts its banks and changes course posing threat to lives of the team members. Mao Khola in Gelepgphu almost submerges the water tank, located on its bank. The tank caters water to about 80 percent of residents of Gelegphu. Heavy rainfall that feeds the swollen river and the rescue team was trying to save the water tank.
The story is not different in Phuentsholing the Amochhu embankment has been washed away by the swollen Amochhu and the flood water has entered the area which earlier houses the workshops, warehouses scrap shops and furniture shops.
As the Department of Hydromet Services has forecasted heavy rainfall in the southern part of the country in the next 48 hours and the forecast shows slight improvement in the weather from July 26 only.
As such keep safe and stay safe.