Kelzang Wangchuk | Samdrupjongkhar

Falling boulders killed two men and injured three men at Phochu in Lauri gewog, Samdrupjongkhar, on June 27.

The accident occurred at 3:30pm that day when the five men were crossing Phochu. They were returning home from Khawrong of Langchenphu gewog where they went to construct a house.

The two men, aged 40 and 28, died on impact of severe head injury. Rescue team could not take the victims to Jomotshangkha hospital because of multiple roadblocks.

The three friends, who sustained multiple injuries, are undergoing treatment at Lauri basic health unit (BHU).

Lauri gup, Jigme Tshewang, said rescue team consisting of gewog officials, de-suups and volunteers from the nearest villages in Serthi gewog recovered the bodies yesterday morning and handed them to their relatives.

The deceased were from Dungmanma in Lauri gewog.

He said the victims have sustained internal injuries, fractures and head injuries. “The rescue team carried the victims to Lauri BHU due to the multiple roadblocks.”

Jigme Tshewang said Lauri BHU does not have technologies to examine the victims and provide treatment. “We cannot even evacuate them to Jomotshangkha hospital due to the roadblocks.”

He said since the victims were in severe condition, they requested for a helicopter but they were told the chopper could not take off because of bad weather.