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Tsirang-Wangdue highway would be closed for traffic for another 4-5 days (Photo: Facebook)
Tsirang-Wangdue highway would be closed for traffic for another 4-5 days (Photo: Facebook)

Works underway to clear Tsirang-Wangdue highway

As of yesterday, desuups, police and seven excavators were deployed along the Tsirang-Wangdue highway to clear debris and search for the closed body truck carrying four labourers of Punatsangchhu II Hydroelectric Project Authority (PHPA-II), washed away by flashflood on August 7.

The flashflood from Phandurongchu in Jarigang, Wangduephodrang left debris which partially blocked the main course of Punatsangchhu and diverted the river on the highway.

Wangduephodrang dzongda Sonam Jamtsho said the highway would be closed for traffic for another 4-5 days, as it was difficult to clear huge boulders and debris from the site. “About 700 metres of highway is submerged and it would take time to bring the river to its former course.”

However, the dzongda said the officials are focused on clearing and restoring the gewog centre road so that people would be able to travel using the suspension bridge in Kamichu. “We would complete the work on Sunday and people with urgent needs to travel can use the route.”

Meanwhile, search and rescue team comprising of desuups and police from Tsirang are still searching for the bodies of the labourers and the truck of PHPA-II.

According to Tsirang dzongrab Namgay Dorji, the team found a recording device and a box near the river yesterday, confirmed to be from the PHPA-II project site.

The officials are worried the rain would further worsen the situation.

Incessant rain on the night of August 6 is said to have formed an artificial lake upstream, which burst and caused the flashflood. 

Choki Wangmo

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