Disaster Assessment at Jomotshangkhag

 

A team lead by Hon'ble Dasho Dzongda visited Jomotshangkhag Dungkhag to assess the severity of disaster caused by recent heavy rainfall. This was following a report from Dungkhag regarding damages. The sites were:

  1. Namchazor community irrigation facilities;
  2. Jangsa River bank protection wall;
  3. Serthi-Lauri GC road;
  4. And Jomotshangkha Samrang takeoff point.

The team had visited all the sites and recommended immediate course of action and the Dungkhag Administration for follow-ups. At Namchazor irrigation facilities, it was found that due to small landslides, the pipe that passes through gorges has broken and fallen apart at two points. No severe damages had been noticed. The team recommended replacing the pipes and rectifying damages with the help of the community. The other recommended solution was to negotiate with Contractor since the site is still under liability period.

The Jangsa River protection wall was found partially damaged, however, the team found that nothing much could be done other than to divert the main course of river during the dry season to minimize the risk. The team also visited Rongchuthang village to decide on the take-off point for the Samrang- Langchenphu high way. With prolonged and thorough discussion with the community of the Rongchuthang, it was agreed that the take-off point shall be continue from the existing road end.

The GC road toward Lauri Gewog center was blocked at Woongthi village. The team visited the site to ensure the gravity of landslides at the sites. The main reason for the urgency to reopen the road at the earliest was deemed necessary for transportation of essential goods like rice, oil, medicine and other necessary items to Gewog center so that the daily life of the rural people are not affected. However, the severity of slides were not much and DoR was accordingly instructed to clear the road at the earliest for the benefit of all the Lauri communities.

During the visit, Dasho also briefly met with the Dungkhag staff and Menijiwoong Central School staff. On the way to Lauri, Dasho visited Deptshang community forest members where the nursery raised by the community was impressive and most encouraging intervention was the domestication of highly valuable plant call Satuwa (Paris polyphylla). Only in the previous year they had collected and raised more than 2000 seedlings and consecutively this year they would plant more than 3000 seedlings in their nursery. Under the intensive care, the growth of the plant was impressive and fast. As indicated from the different sources, this plant is useful primarily for curing fevers, headaches, burns, wounds, most livestock diseases and mainly to neutralize poison in olden days. Dasho instructed community to grow such niche crops at larger scale which had high price value for income generation in rural areas. Dasho emphasized that the Gewog familiarization tour shall be done following the local election in all 11 Gewogs of Samdrup Jongkhar.

 

Reprted by:
Sr. DLO