His Majesty The King arrived in Bumthang on 29th December, to visit Chamkhar town, where a fire that broke out on 28th December night damaged 6 buildings.
The buildings consisted of several homes and shops. DeSuups, and volunteers from the community, which included business owners, civil servants, and monks, assisted RBP firefighters and the fire was brought under control before midnight. Inhabitants were given essential kits and moved to their relatives’ houses.
This is the fourth fire incident in Chamkhar town in recent memory- a series of three fires between October 2010 and May 2011 caused extensive damage.
The first fire incident on 26 October 2010, affected 77 families, and two people lost their lives. The shops were reconstructed within 4 months, with the help of His Majesty’s People’s Project and armed forces. Two different rows of buildings in Chamkhar town were burned down during the second and third incidents, which took place in February and May 2011. Owners were granted timber, CGI sheets, and other raw materials as Kidu to help rebuild the shops.