Friday, 23 May 2008

Kidu for people affected by windstorm

May 22: The government has recommended Kidu for those affected by the recent windstorm from His Majesty’s Relief Fund.

The Home and Cultural Affairs Minister informed the parliament yesterday that compensation for affected families has been worked out. Lyonpo Minjur Dorji was speaking as parliamentarians expressed concerns over the recent natural disaster.

More than 145 houses have been damaged by the windstorm in Trashigang and Pemagatshel on May 19. It also claimed the life of a 27-year-old woman. More reports from the geogs are expected.

Several houses have also been damaged in Monggar. This is the second windstorm to strike these Dzongkhags. Last month, 383 houses were damaged by windstorm in the five Dzongkhags of Trashigang, Pemagatshel, Sarpang, Samdrup Jongkhar and Chhukha.

The parliament members expressed concerns and offered their condolence to the affected families. The Home and Cultural Affairs Minister Lyonpo Minjur Dorji informed the house that the government has recommended for Nu. 5,000 as Kidu to each household affected by the windstorm.

It has also been recommended that houses which have not been insured be given 30 percent of the cost of the damage. All the affected houses are also to be given 50% of the cost of CGI sheet and free transportation. The money is to be used from His Majesty’s Relief Fund.

The Prime Minister Lyonchen Jigmi Thinley said the government has instructed the Dzongkhag administration and the Tshogpas to provide full support to those affected. The parliamentarians also discussed strategies to cut the risks from natural disasters in the future.

The Finance Minister Lyonpo Wangdi Norbu assured full support in terms of financial assistance.

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