Disaster: Roofs of 17 houses in Balana, Zhengosa, Saychena and Dragchukha chiwogs in Punakha were reportedly blown away by a windstorm yesterday at around 10am.

Disaster focal person of Punakha dzongkhag, Tshewang Phuntsho said that roofs of eight houses were fully damaged while others were partially blown off.

In Chubu gewog, the Sewla sherda’s Kitchen roof was also blown off. Few damages to roofs were also reported in Kabjisa gewog. As of yesterday, no casualties were reported.

The gewog officials reported the damages to the dzongkhag, following which a team from dzongkhag visited the affected houses, said the disaster focal person. As an immediate relief, tarpaulin sheets were distributed yesterday to affected households.

The detail assessment of the damages would be conducted tomorrow along with officials of the Royal Insurance Corporation Limited and concerned officials.

Minor damages were also reported from Wangduephodrang. The dzongkhag disaster focal person, Sonam Tobgay confirmed that the roof of a makeshift kitchen and a potato go-down was blown away by the windstorm before lunch. A house in Shaley chiwog in Rubesa gewog was partially damaged.

Dawa Gyelmo, Wangdi