A windstorm-damaged house in Hungrel, Paro

Windstorm damages structures in three dzongkhags

A windstorm damaged more than 19 houses in Paro yesterday and the day before, forcing residents to take shelter with neighbours and relatives.

According to reports compiled by the dzongkhag disaster management focal officer, Nagphel, roofs of 14 houses were blown off on February 25 and roofs of another five houses were blown off yesterday. 

One affected structure was the kitchen of Chidru goenpa in Doteng gewog. “Of the 14 houses affected on February 25, 10 houses were two-storied traditional houses whereas four houses were one-storied houses,” he said.

Two houses were affected in Lamgong gewog, two in Hungrel, two in Wangchang, four in Tsento, one in Doteng and one in Dopshari.

Damaged houses in Tsento, Paro

Damaged houses in Tsento, Paro

 

Another damaged roof in Paro

Another damaged roof in Paro

The windstorm blew off roofs of two houses, a two-storied and three-storied house, in Tsento gewog yesterday, a two-storied house in Lungye and another two two-storied houses in Lamgong.

Nagphel said Royal Insurance Corporation Ltd officials already assessed the damages and the dzongkhag engineers would estimate the timber requirement and then the dzongkhag administration would forward it to the forest office.

In Wangduephodrang, two teams were formed to assess the damages yesterday.

According to the dzongkhag disaster management focal officer, Kencho Dorji, one team visited Gangtey, Phobjikha, Sephu and Dangchu gewogs and another team, lead by the dzongkhag procurement officer visited Khotakha.

“In Gangtey, the windstorm damaged five houses and one community property,” he said. In Phobjikha, eight cattle sheds were damaged. In Sephu, one kitchen in Busa and a mani dungkor was damaged. In Dangchu, one cattle shed was damaged.

In Khotakha, nine houses were damaged by the windstorm where some roofs were completely blown off and some partially blown off.

Kencho Dorji said that they would assess the other gewogs today. “The figures are from the preliminary report and it might change as we assess it today.”

He also said the dzongkhag disaster section provided tarpaulin sheets to houses that suffered major damages and those with their roofs completely blown off.

RICB and gewog officials also assessed the damages.

The home minister, Sherub Gyeltshen, said three dzongkhags of Wangduephodrang, Paro and Bumthang reported damages from the windstorm as of yesterday evening in the ‘WhatsApp’ group. “Wangduephodrang reported damages on 31 houses yesterday.”

Bumthang dzongdag Pasang Dorji said they are assessing the damages as of yesterday evening and would provide the details of the damages today.

Disaster management’s director general, Jigme Thinley Namgyal, said they did not receive any detailed report and therefore have not compiled the figures dzongkhag disaster management focal officials sent, as they asked them to reassess the damages and categorise it.

He said that it would be too early to provide any information as of yesterday evening.

Tashi Dema

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