The wind and hailstorms that occurred on March 29 at 1.20 pm affected 361 households in three gewogs of Singye, Gakiling and Shompangkha. Among the three gewogs, Shompangkha was the worst hit.
The Dzongkhag Administration assessed the storm damages based on the crop cut data of the gewog and Agriculture Statistics 2016. As per the report, the storm affected both agriculture and livestock farming besides houses and other structures. It blew off roof of six houses and 12 poultry sheds. It affected 329 households with agriculture and 39 households with rearing livestock. It also injured two cattle in Ghisingong village, Sompangkha; killed seven goats and 710 poultry birds and damaged 1500 eggs.
It destroyed 8907 areca nut trees, 9939 mandarin flowers, 3757 banana trees, 69.95 acres of maize field, 14.1 acres of mixed vegetables and 8.59 acres of chili. It also damaged trees such as litchi, mango, guava, jackfruit, papaya, pineapples, coconut and lemon along with coffee, beans and potato.
Suk Maya Tamang is one of the affected households in Kencholing who lost her six goats and 5 poultry birds. The storm also blew away her hut roof completely. Ganapati Subedi in Dargaythang was another storm victim who lost his roof, poultry houses and wet stocked grains. As immediate measures, the affected households were provided with tarpaulins and shed was constructed for worst affected owners.
The Hon’ble Agriculture Minister, Yeshey Dorji accompanied by the representative from Office of the Gyalpoi Zimpon and Dasho Dzongdag, Sarpang visited windstorm affected areas on April 1 and assured the affected households to provide necessary inputs.
Based on the report, the Ministry compensated the affected households. Vegetable seeds were supplied to restore the vegetable fields. Around 840 kgs of maize seeds were procured for distribution; the re-sowing of maize has been done with fuel support from gewog power tillers. The affected farmers were also supplied with goats, pullets and jersey as replacement. Meantime, the damaged fruit trees will be soon replaced with new seedlings from the Regional Seed Centre.
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