As the 10 victims of the recent landslide in the highlands of Ri-Druzhi were cremated yesterday at Gasa’s Zabsel Duthrue, Sonam Wangchuk, 29, from Lungo village tried to remain strong. He lost seven members of his family.
The landslide at the midnight of June 16 claimed his wife, elder sister and her husband, younger sister and her husband, and two maternal aunts.
His younger brother is also injured in the accident and is admitted to the national referral hospital.
Sonam Wangchuk said he has to be strong not only for his two children aged 9 and six but also for his younger sister’s children aged seven and three. “I have to look after them until they become independent.”
His elder sister and husband leave behind two children aged 15 and seven, who would be taken care of by their paternal grandparents or uncle.
All children were at Lungo with their grandparents when the parents left to collect cordyceps after collection permits were issued on May 17.