Roadblocks close six highways

Works are still on to clear roadblocks caused by heavy rain.

Information available from the Department of Roads (DoR) officials state that of the five roadblocks in the central region, the block at 93 km from Gelephu towards Tingtibi has been cleared yesterday afternoon.

The road was blocked because of a flash flood.

It also states that the roadblock at Ossey, 28kms away from Gelephu towards Tingtibi could not be cleared. Landslides have washed away the road’s formation width since July 8.

The roadblock at Reotala between Trongsa- Zhemgang highway

DoR’s chief engineer at Trongsa, Taugay Choidup, said machinery has been deployed and the road is expected to be cleared by tomorrow.

He said that the two roadblocks at Reotala and Dzongkhaglum on Trongsa-Zhemgang highway could not be cleared as of yesterday. The roadblock at Reotala since July 9 will be cleared today.

However, he said that the block at Dzongkhaglum since July 8 is expected to take few more days to be cleared. A landslide caused the roadblock.

DoR’s official, said the block at Sunkosh-Dagana road due to landslide since July 9 could not be cleared and it cannot be said  when the road would open to traffic.

Information on the highways’ condition released by DoR state that in the western region, there are four roadblocks as of yesterday.

The roadblock at Bhalujhora bridge point due to the swollen river at the Rinchening-Pasakha road was opened to traffic yesterday afternoon but the three roadblocks at Manitar-Raidak-Lhamoizingkha road and Phuntsholing-Samtse road due to landslides could not be opened to traffic. DoR officials said it might take more than a week to clear the blocks.

The information released by DoR also state that the roadblock at 4km from Phuentsholing to Samtse due to a landslide on July 9 hasn’t been cleared. It also states that it might take a week to clear the slides.

The Nganglam-Pangbang road opened to traffic yesterday. The road was blocked at two places because of the landslide.

Although the East-West Highway remains open to traffic, commuters say that the road is in poor condition. Sources also said that the road widening work has suffered damages, as the rain damaged the road cuttings.

A DoR official said landslides damaged certain areas, which were blacktopped.

According to DoR officials, the required machinery has been deployed at the blocked areas.

Meanwhile, the national centre for hydrology and meteorology’s engineer and in-charge with flood monitoring and command room, Sangay Tenzin, said that the water level was decreasing in western and central regions since yesterday afternoon. “But in southern areas, the water level has been rising.”

 

Phurpa Lhamo and Rinchen Zangmo

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