The lessons learnt

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

The re­cent rain in the south­ern Dzongkhags has cre­ated havoc over the last week of last month and has brought about much da­m­age to the in­fras­truc­ture and crops. As per the re­ports re­ceived from the Dzongkhags the as­sess­ment is not yet over and the dam­aged is much more than ex­pected. The much awaited report will give the clear pic­ture and the ex­tend of dam­ages caused by the dis­as­ter.

Some of the roads are still blocked and elec­tric­ity has not been re­stored yet. Some of the Dzongkhags has pri­or­i­tized sta­bi­liz­ing the farm roads for now. Much con­cerns has been raised over the roads still not open for traf­fic as peo­ple may run out of stock of ra­tions and face dif­fi­cul­ties in times of emer­gen­cies.

We have leant many lessons at dur­ing the time of dis­as­ter. The most im­por­tant was the me­dia play­ing a key role in in­form­ing and up­dat­ing the ex­tent of dam­ages. The me­dia was ad­vised not to spread panic among the gen­eral pub­lic and report with cau­tion and facts. Main stream me­dia played a very im­por­tant role and has played a vi­tal role in in­form­ing the pub­lic.

The so­cial me­dia played their own role and peo­ple who were ac­tive on face book and twit­ter up­dated their sta­tus as and when it hap­pened. It was quite alarm­ing as there were some pic­tures that might have cre­ated panic among the gen­eral pub­lic. How­ever ev­ery­body ex­er­cised their due dili­gence and all went well.

It was good to know that peo­ple were in touch with their loved ones and fam­i­lies dur­ing the hard times.

The other im­por­tant as­pect was felt on crop in­sur­ance scheme as crops like paddy, pota­toes car­damom and or­anges were de­stroyed the heavy out pour. The paddy field that was just trans­planted was un­der wa­ter and tons of pota­toes were rot­ten. About 63 acres of paddy field in Um­ling un­der Sarpang Dzongkhag was in wa­ter as the Tak­lai river went berserk. .

The case of crops dam­aged in Chapcha and Chukha was also re­ported ac­cord­ing to the dis­as­ter team. It is said 2,503.68 met­ric tons (MT) of pota­toes in Rimteykha and Shema­gangkha had been de­stroyed. Be­sides, more than 30 acres of car­damom or­chards were af­fected by heavy rain­fall. Much more acres of car­damom and or­ange field have been de­stroyed in Sam­ste and Sarpang and have fam­i­lies have been af­fected.

The cases are many and farm­ers just worry how they will feed their fam­ily the whole of the year

It is felt nec­es­sary that crop in­sur­ance be given more se­ri­ous thought and con­cerned au­thor­i­ties may be given the green sig­nal to in­tro­duce the scheme. It will ben­e­fit more than 60% of our pop­u­la­tion, who live in our vil­lages.

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