Quake victims in need of support


Sept 29: More than 2500 families comprising hundreds of Bhutanese in eastern region of the country are bound to spend the nights outside the shelters following the damages caused by the September 21 earthquake.

Many quake victims have complained that the government officials have failed to suggest them appropriately as to whether they could move in search of adjustable places or wrecked homes.
As immediate relief, army personnel have started constructing temporary shelters, made of tarpaulin and bamboo mats, in most of the affected areas, while some people are spending the nights in huts used for harvest storage and outposts to guard fields against wild animals.

Government-owned Kuensel reported today that most of the village shops, two schools in Mongar, government offices and BHUs remain closed.

According to Kuensel, the tatest reports collected by dzongkhag officials that a total of at least 2,800 homes in Mongar, Trashigang, Trashiyangtse, Lhuentse, Pemagatsel and Samdrupjongkhar have been damaged by the quake. Of these, about 700 homes were reported as non-repairable, said officials in the field assessing the damage done. At least 1,253 homes have been affected by the quake in Mongar dzongkhag alone, said dzongkhag officials, who added that about 400 houses were non-repairable.

At least a dozen lost their life in the quake that left million worth properties damaged.