The Gyaltshab’s office in Gyalpoizhing, Mongar has provided a semso of Nu 30,000 to Thangrong’s gup after a fire gutted his house on July 23 afternoon.

The fire started from a shop. The gup claimed he lost his belongings, Nu 80,000 worth shop items and cash of Nu 20,000.

The Mongar dzongkhag kidu office also provided a semso of Nu 10,000, clothes and kitchen utensils.

The fire incident, according to the gup, occurred when he was in the gewog office preparing programmes for the gewog tshogde and a ritual (Zhiwa Jinseg).

Gup Chenga said that he was supervising and delegating work to the public when the incident occurred. “My wife was in the garden and my children were at home, watching television.”

Although no casualty was reported, Gup Chenga said that the incident hampered the gewog tshogde. “The gewog tshogde could have been conducted yesterday if the fire incident did not occur.”

He said the public helped in containing the fire and the affected are now staying with their relatives.

Tashi Phuntsho | Mongar