Monday, July 6th, 2015 - 11:48 PM
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Flood damages property


Update: The Amochu, which swelled because of heavy rainfall last night flooded the Bangay Bazar area and washed away seven huts while leaving two excavators completely submerged.

A brick factory on the banks of Amochu was also flooded. Rescuers are trying to pull out the three school buses that were partially submerged in floodwater.


Images from Phuentsholing flood




Latest: Amochu flood submerges three school buses, an automobile workshop and a dozer near Bangay, Phuentsholing.


Gov’t selects Airbus H130 helicopter

h130The Airbus H130 was found to be the most suitable for Bhutan Photo: Airbus Helicopters

Aviation: The government has selected the H130 chopper manufactured by Airbus to begin helicopter services in Bhutan.

The government will purchase two H130 helicopters at a total cost of around Nu 459.9M (million) or USD 7.3M. Each helicopter will cost around Nu 226.8M or USD 3.65M.

The H130 will be capable of fire fighting and medical evacuation besides transportation of passengers and cargo.

The decision to select the H130 was made by the cabinet, yesterday, following which a letter of intent or a commitment to purchase was also made to Airbus officials in Thimphu.


Thromde elections in January, 2016

LG: The Election Commission is all set to hold elections for all dzongkhag and yenlag thromdes except for Samdrupjongkhar and Pemagatshel in January next year with the recent Parliament session declaring the new thromdes.

A total of 15 dzongkhag thromdes and 18 yenlag thromdes were declared in the recent session.

Chief election commissioner (CEC) Dasho Kunzang Wangdi said the process for thromde elections could begin by December. He said the commission is hopeful that the Pemagatshel dzongkhag thromde issue would be resolved in the forthcoming winter parliament session.


Phuentsholing – a corruption hub?

Seven customs officials were detained and 15 business licences suspended since April 20

Update: With investigation entering its third month in Phuentsholing, the Anti Corruption Commission’s probe into the alleged customs mal-administration is likely to continue, as officials find evidences that could rebrand the commercial hub as the country’s corruption hub.

“The more you investigate, the more you uncover fraudulent and corrupt practices,” an ACC officials from Phuentsholing said. “It is going to take time to complete investigation.”


Assessment finds multiple slides

IMG_6499-(1)MHPA lorries transport the steel rods below the DoR office where half of the road was washed away by the landslides

Loss still being assessed 

Disaster: Trongsa dzongkhag officials are still assessing the scale of damage the torrential rain on June 26 caused in the dzongkhag.

So far damages on four houses including damage on a two-storied traditional house in Denshing, Nubi gewog were reported. Residents of a three-storied building below the fuel depot, on the Zhemgang highway, have also been evacuated after sliding land damaged the house.

The under-construction truck parking below the fuel depot suffered the worse damage as it was covered with tonnes of debris the flash flood brought along with it. The parking has sunk and one of the breast walls has collapsed. Floodwater also washed away the retaining wall at the entrance of the parking. Below it, land is sliding away causing more risk.


Expired LPG cylinders yet to be re-qualified

But dealers assure this won’t cause shortage in the market

LPG: Although the expired Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders sent for statutory testing have not arrived, dealers in Phuentsholing assured that there would not be any shortage of LPG cylinders in the country.

The cylinders were sent to North Bengal Cylinders (NBC) plant at Fatakupur, Siliguri, India.

Last month, the department of trade had informed the Indian Oil Corporation Limited to not entertain refilling of expired gas cylinders from today.


On disaster preparedness again

An earthquake and a lake outburst flood on the same day could be a rare coincidence. But it did happen on Sunday, June 28. And Bhutanese are worried.

If the memories of glacial lake outburst flood and earthquakes are fresh in the Bhutanese mind, the April earthquake in Nepal has reminded us that the region is not safe. The great Himalayas, on which both Nepal and Bhutan are located, is a young mountain region. Therefore, we are on a fragile ecosystem. We are easily shaken- physically and mentally.


Constructions on wetlands rampant in Shongphu

mmexport1435666767168Houses constructed on wetlands in Chongthi

A team from the land commission is expected to inspect such activities soon

Land: Shongphu gewog administration’s repeated reminders to stop constructions on the wetlands of Chongthi and Buna in Trashigang have gone unheeded.

Shongphu gup, Kinzang Wangdi had again raised the issue recently at the annual gups conference and said that people remain adamant despite their reminders.  “Only one household approached the gewog but the national land commission didn’t permit the construction.”

He said the villagers were also asked to put up applications to convert their wetlands into dry lands. However, the gewog received no such applications.