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One body recovered; search on for the second

Accident: More than 40 people, comprising the Gyalpoizhing police, army and powerhouse staff, combed the banks of the Kurichu yesterday in search of the bodies of two men, after the car they were travelling in veered off road on January 12 night.

A police source from Gyalpoizhing said the incident occurred when the men were returning from Mongar town after attending a baby shower of one of their friends.

On January 13, powerhouse staff informed police that one of the men, who worked as a foreman at the powerhouse, had not returned home.  Police then informed Mongar district police division and Bumthang police station.

Police and the powerhouse staff had begun searching for the body by the road when they were informed yesterday that the Santro car the men were travelling in had veered off the road and plunged into the river.  The incident had occurred more than three kilometres from Gyalpoizhing town at a sharp turning just after the Kurichu dam house.

Around 3pm yesterday, the dam had to stop the water flow for a while for the police to fish the car from the river.  The body of the 40-year old foreman was found about 200 to 300m from the car.

From Domkhar village in Tshenkhar, Lhuentse, the foreman, Sonam was a divorcee and is survived by two children.

Meanwhile, search is still on for the body of 38-year-old man.  From Bangtsho village in Dewathang, Somdrupjongkhar, Tshering was working with Chukha hydropower and temporarily at the Kurichu hydropower project.  He is survived by a wife and five children.

This is the second fatal accident reported in Mongar this month.

By Tashi Phuntsho, Mongar

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