Phurba, 49, has been living over his neighbours for about three days now.

The windstorm on February 25 afternoon uprooted a tree, which fell on Phurba’s house in Themakha village in Bjena, Wangdue.

The house was empty and caused no causalities but the impact has severely damaged the house.

Phurba said it would take more than a month to repair the house. “We will have to repair the house even if it entails huge expenditure. Living in the old house is risky. Everything is damaged.”

Another resident, Passang Lham is still staying at her house, whose roof was partially blown off during the windstorm. “Rain does seep in through the broken roof but we are managing right now. The CGI sheets and all the roofing would need to be redone,” she said.

Except for five gewogs, the remaining 10 gewogs in Wangdue reported damages from the windstorm. Until yesterday, 33 houses reported damages, most on the roofs.

With 12 households having their roofs blown off, Rubesa gewog had the highest number of household damaged from the storm.

Apart from damage to the houses, five community properties including roof of a lam’s residence, roof of prayer wheels, and lhakhang kitchens were also reported damaged.

The dzongkhag administration distributed 29 tarpaulin sheets to households with severe damage.

Phurpa Lhamo