Lyonchen meets the affected people of Sarpang flood
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.