Chimi Dema | Tsirang

The continuous rainfall in Tsirang since May 20 due to cyclone Amphan have left about 20 minor damages in eight gewogs in the dzongkhag.

The Dzongkhag Disaster Management Unit prepared the disaster consolidated report yesterday.

In Rangthaling, Semjong and Doonglagang, falling boulder brought partial damage to houses.

The rain also caused landslides. Residents were advised to evacuate to safer ground.

In some gewogs, acres of maize fields and farm roads were also damaged.

According to the district disaster focal person, Sonam Phuntsho, gewog and dzongkhag officials along with officials from Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan Limited were carrying out assessment. 

Gewog officials were also helping with clearing minor blocks along farm roads.

Meanwhile, the Mongar-Trashigang highway is blocked at Drametse zero point (12km from Chazam towards Mongar) at around 3.30pm yesterday. The highway is also blocked at 23.6km from Trashigang towards Mongar at around 6pm. DoR expects to clear them by tomorrow morning provided the rainfall subsides.

The Trongsa-Gelephu highway still remains blocked at Reotala, 68km from Trongsa towards Tingtibi. It could not be cleared because of incessant rainfall, shooting boulders and poor visibility at the site.

Traffic between Chumey and Ura has been diverted via Chamkhar town (old route) following falling boulders on the Ngangar -Ura highway near Gaktongzam.

Continuous rainfall for the past few days has caused a flash flood in Threna village of Udzorong gewog, Trashigang, damaging crops and posing risk to houses on May 21. Five households in the village have been evacuated to Chiya Primary school yesterday.

Three gewogs of Lingzhi, Soe and Naro in Thimphu reported the death of 17 yaks and horses due to incessant rain and windstorm in the past few days.