28 July 2023: His Majesty The King visited Lhuntshe, where a recent flash flood washed away 23 people. His Majesty met with the family members of the victims, and visited the site of the incident at Ungar, where search efforts are still ongoing.

His Majesty meets with family members of the flood victims

His Majesty The King visited Lhuntshe, where a recent flash flood washed away 23 people. His Majesty met with the family members of the victims, and visited the site of the incident at Ungar, where search efforts are still ongoing. 

His Majesty returned to the country on Sunday from an overseas visit, and travelled to the east in the wake of the disaster. 

The victims were those working on the construction of the Yungichhu Hydro Power Project, and some of their visiting family members. A river flood and landslide overwhelmed the work camps on the evening of Thursday, 20th July. Of the 23 people, 8 bodies have been recovered thus far. Search and relief efforts have been ongoing since the incident, under the coordination of the Office of the Gyalpoi Zimpon. 

His Royal Highness Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, His Majesty’s representative in the east, who travelled to the site following the incident, accompanied His Majesty. 

His Majesty met with the family members of the victims at Autsho, as well as with the Lhuntshe dzongkhag officials. 

The bodies of the those retrieved so far have been handed over to their families. Prayers continue to be held nationwide following the incident.

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