Ly­onchen meets the af­fected peo­ple of Sarpang flood

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The river broke its banks and grad­u­ally washed away the Sarpang town due to con­tin­ued heavy rain­fall over the past few days.

Prime Min­is­ter Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay per­son­ally vis­ited the place and met with af­fected shop­keep­ers who lost their houses and prop­er­ties to the river flood of 20th July.

It was sad to see the coun­try be­ing hit with disas­ter, but peo­ple are happy to see His Majesty the King and the Prime Min­is­ter reach­ing the af­fected area and tak­ing im­me­di­ate ac­tions to pro­tect the prop­er­ties and lives of the af­fected peo­ple.

Upon re­ceiv­ing the Royal Com­mand, a re­lief work be­gan com­pris­ing of Royal Bhutan Army Per­son­nel (RBA), Royal Bhutan Po­lice, DeSu­ups and Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials joined by lo­cal vol­un­teers to evac­u­ate the area of Sarpang town.

Loss of prop­erty was also min­i­mized as the en­tire shops were re­lo­cated to higher and safer grounds be­fore the struc­tures were washed away.

Talk­ing to the af­fected peo­ple of Sarpang town, Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay said that he was dis­turbed by the news of dam­ages caused by the mon­soon. “It was a big re­lief when I heard His Majesty the King was here per­son­ally,” Ly­onch­hen said.

“We should al­ways feel proud of our King’s benev­o­lence. The mis­for­tune and loss should be over­come by the care and con­cerns from His Majesty the King es­pe­cially when His Majesty is here amongst you,” Ly­onch­hen added.

Ly­onch­hen urged the af­fected peo­ple to be strong and said that we are fortu- nate to have His Majesty the King to over­see our wel­fare. Ly­onch­hen also said that peo­ple should be will­ing to work harder and take this in­ci­dent as a big les­son.

Sarpang town went through an in­tense sit­u­a­tion by the flood disas­ter. This is not the first time but the town was also wiped out af­ter an overnight flood in 1996 and also af­fected by fire disas­ter in Fe­bru­ary last year.

Dur­ing the last fire in­ci­dent in Sarpang town, Ly­onch­hen had warned the peo­ple of im­mi­nent threat from the river and had re­quested the peo­ple there to shift to the new township. “How­ever, you did not shift. So, it was a joint ig­no­rance,” Ly­onch­hen said.

Ly­onch­hen urged them to shift to the new town- Shechang Thang. “Let’s take no more risk,” Ly­onch­hen added.

His Majesty the King com­manded the Royal Bhutan Army and rel­e­vant gov­ern­ment agen­cies to re­main alert across the south­ern belt, where there con­tin­ued rain­fall can cause sim­i­lar in­ci­dents in other ar­eas.

Mean­while, the shop­keep­ers ex­pressed their deep grat­i­tude to His Majesty the King for vis­it­ing them as soon as the disas­ter de­stroyed their homes; for grant­ing them im­me­di­ate re­lief in­clud­ing tem­po­rary hous­ing and meals for them; for per­son­ally sup­port­ing and coun­sel­ing each and ev­ery one of them; and most im­por­tant for con­tin­u­ing to be by their side dur­ing these times of dif­fi­culty.

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