Southern Dzongkhags wreaked by heavy rain
The 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 on 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.
Department of Trade under the economic affairs ministry says that they have enough stock of petrol and diesel in Thimphu petrol pumps. In addition, there are 10 tankers on transit at block sites for the fuel to be delivered to Thimphu. It has been confirmed that the tankers will reach as soon as the blocks are cleared. The department of trade has notified the general public that there is no need to panic and there is enough fuel in stock at Dechencholing depots as well.
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 and Gedu is clear for traffic. Also the block at Wangkha was also cleared for traffic yesterday afternoon.
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. A driver working with Project Dantak was killed while clearing the landslides as the truck he was driving was hit by a previous land slide last Friday.
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In Gelegphu the rescue team savaging the water tank has to be withdrawn as Mao Khola bursts its banks and changes course posing threat to lives of the team members.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 Gelegphu 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 Gelegphu – Zhengang highway has been blocked at Chisopani gate and box cutting where men and machineries were deployed to clear the debris at places where a portion of the rain had washed away a portion of the road.
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.
The road leading to Lokcina gewog from Phuentsholing has been completed blocked. The Pasakha – Phuentsholing road has been closed as the bridge over the Bhalojhora river has been damaged by the flood.. The road leading to Bangay Bazar from Phuentsholing has also been damaged.
In Samtse a bailey bridge in Budney about three kilometers from the town has collapsed last Friday morning. Now with the collapse of the bridge nine gewogs under Samste Dzongkhag has been cut off from the Dzongkhag headquarter as of now.
Yesterday on the command of His Majesty The King about 100 soldiers from the Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) has been deployed to carry out the restoration work of the bridge at Dhamdum in Samtse.
The minster for Information and Communications Lyonpo DN Dungyel is currently in Samtse monitoring the situation there.
On the Trashgang Samdrup Jongkher highway as per the report from Dantak there were 11 landslides and the road was opened to traffic last Friday only.
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. His Majesty The King also visited the areas along the Maukhola to assess damages and risks posed to the structures around there.
Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay cut short his visit to Lingzhi Dungkhag and headed towards Phuentsholing to assess the threat from Amochhu in Phuentsholing yesterday. Today Lyonchhen will travel to Gelegphu to access the damages made by the rain there and oversee the relief operations.
On the way to Phuentsholing Lyonchhen was accompanied by Lyonpo Dawa Gyeltshen , the minister for home and cultural affairs to assess the road block at Wangkha on the Thimphu - Phuentsholing highway.