Flash flood washes away bridge in Lopokha

On August 5, volunteers will construct a temporary bridge in Lopokha village in Wangdue which was washed away on the night of July 22.

Heavy rain, which caused the flood, also damaged crops.

Disaster focal person Sonam Tobgay and some officials from the dzongkhag, National Council member Tashi Dorji and gewog officials visited the affected area for the assessment on July 27.

Sonam Tobgay said: “We are processing land substitute for three households whose land were washed away completely.” He added that for now the two chiwogs are completely disconnected without a bridge.

“We are concerned about the safety of the people because it is risky for the commuters to cross the river without a bridge,” said Sonam Tobgay.

The Athang Gup, Khandu Dorji said that this is the first flash flood in the village. “We are helpless because disaster is not manmade and we must bear it.”

The national council member Tashi Dorji met with the victims and provided them rice and oil.

The people of Lopokha and Lumtshokha chiwog get their basic necessities from Kamichu, an hour drive away.

Yeshey Dema

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