The lessons learnt
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.