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Preparing for future disasters

Construction of National Emergency Operation Centre and 10 helipads on the cards

Preparedness: Should disasters like the recent flash floods or even bigger ones strike the country in the near future, Bhutan would be better prepared.

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91 pledge to donate their eyes

However, the only cornea surgeon being on EoL is an issue that the eye bank faces currently 

Eye Bank: Despite the opening of an eye bank at the Thimphu referral hospital about two years ago, no cornea transplants could take place so far with the only cornea surgeon gone on extraordinary leave.

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Gelephu cut off

The Taklai river in Umling submerged more than 60 acres of cultivated paddy fields

The only link remaining to the town is from Dadgari in Assam, which is also flooded
Disaster: Continuous rain in Gelephu yesterday caused more damage threatening settlements between Setikharey and Dhawlakhola.

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Sarpang town evacuated

The RMA, in an effort to review interest rates, has come up with the minimum lending rate policy Banking: After the government asked the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) to review interest rates, the central bank has replaced the base rate policy with the minimum lending rate policy, which will be effectively applied from next month.

Around 300 people moved to higher ground following swelling of Sarpang river Rain: Sarpang town was evacuated yesterday afternoon after the Sarpang river threatened to break it banks following heavy rainfall for almost a week.

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Moving back to the village

With the coming of electricity and a farm road, the villagers of Taksa return Migration: After leaving his village in Taksa, Dangchu almost a decade ago, Dorji, 44, now plans to return home and become a farmer.

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