Keep safe and stay safe

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

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.

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