A 11-year-old boy was washed away by the Sukti river in Gomtu yesterday. The incident occurred at around 2:30pm. The class IV student had gone swimming with his friends in the river.
The boy was not found as of yesterday.
DANTAK is working to connect the washed away portion of the road at Kamji with a bailey bridge at the earliest, according to a press release issued by the organisation.
No time frame was provided.
The portion, located 22km away from Phuentsholing, was partially washed away on July 22 and then completely the following day.
While DANTAK had initially planned to launch a 110-foot bailey bridge, with a carrying capacity of 40 tonnes, over the washed away portion, more rain and further sinking of the road has caused the length of the bridge to be expanded to 160 feet. The 160-foot bridge will be able to carry only 24 tonnes.
The construction of the bridge is a joint effort between DANTAK and the Department of Roads but DANTAK is constructing the bridge, according to the press release.
Limited space, continuous rain and limited visibility is hampering the launching of the bridge, says the press release.
DANTAK has also asked that authorities restrict traffic from Gedu towards Sorchen so that restoration works can be carried out smoothly.
The organisation also points out that the stretches from Phuentsholing to Sorchen, and from Gedu to Thimphu was kept open by DANTAK despite numerous recurring slides.
It was a better day yesterday with less rain in Phuentsholing.
Mitigation works continued on both the Amochhu and Omchhu.
Flood water in most of the flooded areas had receded and dried by the evening yesterday. Army and police personnel, desuups, officials of the thromde, dungkhag and government, and other volunteers were able to initiate mitigation works in other risk zones.
A retention wall for the Omchhu that had collapsed was reinforced to prevent water from entering the town.
Rajesh Rai | Phuentsholing