The incessant rainfall over the past few days wreaked havoc in the country, mostly affecting the paddy growers. In Punakha, a preliminary report suggests that close to 600 families have been affected with over 350 metric tonnes of rice destroyed. This is equivalent to about 35 truckloads. Upon Royal Command, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering visited the affected farmers today.
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The Health Ministry’s comprehensive health screening for Samtse residents is receiving a good response. In the last three days, around four hundred people availed themselves of the various health services at the screening.
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Gongphu Lower Secondary School in Zhemgang looks scenic with beautiful surroundings from the outside. But the admiration vanishes once one reaches the classrooms. With ceilings and planks almost falling apart, students and teachers say they live in fear every day.
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Residents of Samdrup Jongkhar are still waiting for the Samrang-Jomotshangkha highway to open. The highway clearing was completed in February, although the blacktopping, drain and some minor construction works are yet to finish. However, it has remained closed due to safety issues. Currently, travellers use the Assam highway in India to travel between Samdrupchholing and Jomotshangkha.
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