A windstorm along with rain and hailstone blew off the roofs of seven households in Bardo gewog, Zhemgang, on April 20 afternoon.

Sources in Zhemgang said roofs of six households of remote Langdurbi village and a house in Khomshar were blown off.

Of the six houses in Langdurbi, two were semi-permanent and three were constructed with the help of Tarayana Foundation. The house in Khomshar is a two-storied structure constructed five years ago.

Tarayana Foundation built the house few years ago

Tarayana Foundation built the house few years ago

As of yesterday evening, an official from the Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan Ltd (RICBL) and Bardo gewog mangmi were inspecting the damages. It was learnt that the people were living in the damaged houses.

Kuensel learnt that the dzongkhag disaster management office sent four tarpaulin sheets to the four permanent houses in Langdurbi, which was not enough to cover the damaged houses. The tarpaulin sheets were sent with the RICBL official.

“There was no tarpaulin sheets for the semi-permanent houses,” a source in Zhemgang said. “The people living in the semi-permanent houses are poor and they did not get any help.”

The source also said that some of the victims would not be able to repair their houses, as they do not have anyone to support them.

Zhemgang dzongdag Lobzang Dorji said he has asked the dzongkhag disaster focal person to provide the disaster kits. The dzongdag was on his way to the dzongkhag yesterday evening.

Staff reporter


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