Saturday , July 30 2016
  • 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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Measures taken to prevent water borne diseases

Medical: Despite heavy rain and floods inundating properties and settlements in places like Gelephu, Sarpang and Phuentsholing, no reports of communicable diseases have been recorded by health facilities, according to health officials from these areas.

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Eight villages cut off in Athang


Bridges in Athang, Laya and Lunana were washed away

Connectivity: At least three bazams or wooden bridges in Athang gewog, Wangdue have been washed away following heavy rainfall since last week leaving more than eight villages totally cut off.

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Heavy rains likely to continue


Weather: Heavy rains are likely to continue at least until the end of August according to the weather report that the Department of Hyro-Met Services submitted to the Prime Minister.

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Large number of epileptic patients in Bhutan

However, accurate data to deduce the degree of the problem and required medical equipment to treat the disorder are lacking

Medical: Some 67 new cases of epilepsy were registered with the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital’s psychiatry department in Thimphu last year.

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PHPA-II dam construction site flooded

The flooded PHPA-II dam site

However, the project’s managing director says there will be no delay or extra expenses incurred
Flood: A swollen Punatsangchhu spilled over the Punatsangchhu Hydropower Project Authority (PHPA)-II coffer dam and flooded the main dam construction site yesterday.

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Flood waters recede in Phuentsholing

Mitigation works were carried out to prevent the Omchhu from flowing into Phuentsholing town

Gomtu A 11-year-old boy was washed away by the Sukti river in Gomtu yesterday. The incident occurred at around 2:30pm. The class IV student had gone swimming with his friends in the river. The boy was not found as of yesterday.

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My Country, My Town

  • Road read: The question is whether it’s advice (while good, no doubt) for self or others or both? Photo Bidur Rai
  • Powerful wishes: Did these footballs hung from a tree have anything to do with the Leicester City victory? Photo by Tshering Doma, ICS
    Powerful wishes: Did these footballs hung from a tree have anything to do with the Leicester City victory? Photo by Tshering Doma, ICS
  • Dancing goat: Sometimes one just gets the urge to get up and shake a leg Photo by Kelzang Wangchuk, Kuensel, Thimphu