Freak weather blankets country under darkness, blows roofs off

Weather: Strong winds yesterday morning blew away roofs of 19 houses including an early childhood care and development centre in three dzongkhags, besides keeping the country under darkness after dawn.

Nichula gewog in Lhamoizingkha dungkhag, Dagana reported most damages with 11 houses losing their roofs. Karmaling and Lhamoizingkha gewogs reported damages to roofs of two and a house respectively.

Khar gewog in Pemagatshel and Drepong gewog in Mongar reported four and one roof damaged.

However, no casualties were reported to the disaster management department as of yesterday.

Hydro met department had forecast severe weather on last Sunday.

The department’s senior meteorologist, Tayba Buddha Tamang said the country came under thick cloud cover as a result the sunrays were not able to penetrate.

“It’s normal for such thunderstorms and strong winds during pre-monsoon,” he said.

The country woke up to a dark morning yesterday. A freaking episode of weather left people in whole of the country baffled and indoors for hours.

A section of Phuentsholing town at 7:30am yesterday  (Photo: Ugyen Choden, BoB )

A section of Phuentsholing town at 7:30am yesterday (Photo: Ugyen Choden, BoB )

Parts of Samdrupjongkhar lost electricity for more than two hours as strong winds and thunderstorms swept across the southern dzongkhags.

Flights were delayed for more than two hours and compelling the airline to divert incoming flights. Drukair informed customers on social media that poor weather could create delays to flights in and out of Paro airport.

Foresters in Sarpang were delighted that the heavy downpour had doused the minor fires that crept in from across the border.

Meanwhile, the hydro met department forecasts more rain.

“For the next few days rain is expected to continue after which the weather is expected to improve,” Tayba Buddha Tamang said.

Most of the southern region remained in thick fog and at some point of time grew totally dark.

Phuentsholing remained pitch dark for more than half an hour at 8am forcing vehicles to put on headlights.

After the rain: Rubbish float in Thimpchhu as stormwater revealed the extend of trash problem in the capital city

After the rain: Rubbish float in Thimpchhu as stormwater revealed the extent of trash problem in the capital city

Residents from Tsirang said strong thunderstorm and rain lasted for almost an hour from 9am.

“It was gloomy and foggy since 7am but became pitch dark after 9am,” a resident said.  “However, it subsided to light drizzle towards the afternoon.” It was similar weather in Gelephu.

In the capital the rains overwhelmed the drains and brought the waste on to the streets.

Tshering Palden

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