FB   
 
Powered bysps
        Society for Policy Studies
 
 

 
Bhutan escapes with minor damages
Posted:Jan 6, 2016
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 
By Tshering Palden
 
The 6.7 magnitude earthquake on January 4 had affected 248 structures in the country with most damages reported in the eastern dzongkhags, as they are closer to the epicentre in Manipur, India.
 
The earthquake affected 221 homes, 13 schools, nine temples, two basic health units, a dzong, and a gewog and Renewal Natural Resources office each. About 80 percent of the damages were reported in Trashiyangtse, Trashigang, Mongar and Pemagatshel.
 
Of the 248 structures that suffered minor damages, 124 were in the eight gewogs of Trashiyangtse including 11 school buildings and the principal’s quarter at Jangphutse Primary School with major cracks.
 
A house in Bumdeling gewog, which gewog officials said was empty for about a decade, has almost collapsed.
 
Four temples, the Tongshang gewog office, and the new Yangtse dzong suffered minor cracks. Toedtsho gewog reported most damages with 45 houses affected, followed by Yallang with 21 houses and Bumdeling reported damages to 19 homes. Jamkhar, Khamdang, Ramjar, and Yangtse gewogs together reported damages to 21 houses altogether.
 
Reporting damages to 34 homes as of 1.30pm yesterday, Trashigang is the second worst hit dzongkhag. Four gewogs, Phongmey, Samkhar, Yangneer and Radhi reported minor cracks to homes and two community temples.
 
Three houses in Mongar that reported major damages were downgraded yesterday after gewog and Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan officials visited them to verify.
 
In the west, Punakha reported the most damages, 22 houses with small cracks to walls.
 
The mobile network problem on January 5 prevented officials from calling the officials in the dzongkhags.
 
Mongar dzongkhag disaster focal person, Tashi Wangchuk said he couldn’t connect with officials in the gewogs in the morning and evening.
 
“I texted them asking to report any damages sustained in their gewogs,”he said.
 
Damage to structures are considered minor if cracks on the walls are less than 10 centimetres and if it is more than a metre long, the structure is considered to have suffered major damage, officials said.
 
The earthquake struck west of Imphal, the capital city of Manipur, about 700km from Samdrupjongkhar.
 
Indian media reported at least nine people dead and about 100 injured in Manipur when the earthquake struck. Bangladesh and Myanmar’s city of Yangoon also felt the tremor with the former reporting three deaths and some injured.
 
Bumthang, Chukha, Haa, Lhuentse, Paro and Trongsa did not report any damages.
 
Kuensel, January 7, 2016
 
 
 
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 
Comments (Total Comments 0) Post Comments Post Comment
Review
 
 
 
 
India's successful launch of putting a record 104 satellites into orbit is a wake-up call for China's commercial space industry which has a lot to learn from New Delhi's frugal space programme, a Chinese government mouthpiece that publishes in English said in one of its rare editorials in which it commended an Indian action
 
read-more
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Israel later this year – a first by an Indian head of the government that comes 25 years after the two countries established full diplomatic ties. The visit, a long awaited one.
 
read-more
spotlight image For a Dongria child, the schooling process not only displaces him of the community and the land but also displaces him from his own way of seeking truth i.e through nature, writes Rajaraman Sundaresan for South Asia Monitor.
 
read-more
Society for Policy Studies in association with India Habitat Centre invites you to a lecture in the Changing Asia Series by Dr.Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research on Asia: Hope for the Future or Prisoner of the Past?    ...
 
read-more
spotlight image The sanctions-only approach toward North Korea spearheaded by the United States has been a conspicuous failure, encouraging the reclusive nation to rapidly advance its nuclear and missile programmes.
 
read-more
China bluntly warned that if the 'One China' principle is compromised or disrupted, the sound and steady growth of the bilateral relationship, as well as bilateral cooperation in major fields, would be out of question, writes Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi for South Asia Monitor.
 
read-more
At the moment, Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari is able to stop the violence by pushing the Islamists to the vast Sambisa forests of the Borno State At the moment, Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari is able to stop the violence by pushing the Islamists to the vast Sambisa forests of the Borno State
 
read-more
Sometime in later half of last year when Indo-Pak tensions peaked, military operation heads in J&K received unusual calls on their landlines. Sometime in later half of last year when Indo-Pak tensions peaked, military operation heads in J&K received unusual calls on their landlines.
 
read-more
Column-image

India remians the inflexible bête-noir for Pakistan, yet there are few books by Indian authors that have sought to interpret the prodigal neighbour in a holistic, informed and empathetic manner.

 
Column-image

The line that Mortimer Durand drew across a small map in 1893 has bled the Pashtun heart ever since. More than a century later both sides of that line remain restless. But the mystery behind what actually happened on 12 November 1893 has never ...

 
Column-image

What went wrong for the West in Afghanistan? Why couldn't a global coalition led by the world's preeminent military and economic power defeat "a bunch of farmers in plastic sandals on dirt bikes" in a conflict that outlasted b...

 
Column-image

What will be Pakistan's fate? Acts of commission or omission by itself, in/by neighbours, and superpowers far and near have led the nuclear-armed country at a strategic Asian crossroads to emerge as a serious regional and global concern whi...

 
Column-image

Some South African generals, allied with the British forces, sought segregation from the enlisted men, all blacks, after being taken prisoners of war. The surprised German commander told them firmly that they would have to share the same quarte...

 
Subscribe to our newsletter
Archive