Five households in Thangrong seek land substitute

Tshering Namgyal | Mongar

Monsoon has become a nightmare for the five households in Daksa village in Thangrong gewog, Mongar.

The families spend sleepless nights. Floods and slides have damaged their maize fields. Falling boulders is another problem.

When rains come, the households move out temporarily.

Tshomo, who lost more than an acre of land to erosion, lives in a makeshift house with her family.

Recalling the incident when her kitchen flooded, Tshomo said it was never safe to stay home.

Kota and his family also live under a tarpaulin sheet, near her field.

A falling boulder hit his house last year.

They have approached the gewog administration more than seven times. Gewog has instructed them to look for a land replacement in the gewog. But the victims said there is no suitable land in the gewog.

They have identified land substitute in Larjab, which is just about two kilometres away from the gewog centre road point.

Thangrong Mangmi, Sonam, said the applications were forwarded to the dzongkhag administration and the households have been asked to look for land outside the tsamdro in Larjab.

Dzongkhag officials said the dzongkhag administration would look for a suitable government land in the gewog for the affected households.

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