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Flash flood washed away a farm road in Tsento-Shari, Paro
Flash flood washed away a farm road in Tsento-Shari, Paro

Risk of flash floods increasing in Tsento-Shari

A flash flood in Tsento-Shari in Paro washed away a farm road and flooded the basement of a house on the night of August 10.

The flood occurred due to incessant rain in Bumdra that caused Sheka Chhu to swell.

“Below Bumdra, there is a small stream which flows down to Taktsang and our valley. The rain was not heavy in the villages, but continuous rain in the mountains might have caused the flood,” a resident of Tsento, Dorji, said.

For about two hours, the road was completely submerged. Although there were no reported casualties and damage to crops, the ground floor of a house was completely flooded.

The house owner, Chencho Dem, who was away in Ramthangkha during the incident, said without proper drainage system, four small hume pipes that were horizontally placed caused the flooding. “When there is excess water, the debris blocked the pipes and water overflowed on the road.”

“The incident happened before nightfall. Neighbours came and helped us. If it had been during the night, our lives would have been in danger,” Chencho Dem said. She said that every monsoon, the villagers of Tsento-Shari community faced the risk of flood.

The flash flood also washed away about half a kilometre of farm road. Five households collectively build the farm road leading to their houses at Nu 125,000.

“We completed the construction recently but now it is damaged,” Bodhu from one of the affected households said.

Tsento-Shari Tshogpa, Dophu, said this was the first incidence of flash flood in the village. “The risk is increasing by the year.”

The villagers have requested the relevant organisations to remove the hume pipes and build a bridge instead.

Choki Wangmo | Paro

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