More than 3 months, drowned body not found

The search for the body of a 23-year-old woman, who drowned in the Punatsangchhu on the morning of October 24, is still ongoing.
Sources in contact with this paper said police personnel and army soldiers volunteered to search for the body along the Punatsangchhu and nearby areas including check-post in the Wangdue region and Sunkosh Bridge.
Meanwhile, the family members of the victim are waiting for a miracle to happen. Their only hope for the body to be found is at the dam site or around the shallow river site where it is easy to spot any objects in the water.
However, the police have now given up the search for the body. One of the police sources said that it might be possible to find the body, but it will take more time and search effort.
The 23-year-old drowning victim, Zam, along with one of her friends from the same village had gone near the river bank of Mochhu (Punatshang chhu) to collect river algae, and that is where she had accidentally stepped on a slippery stone which caused her to fall into the river where the strong currents washed her away instantly.
The 33-year-old friend of the deceased had immediately phoned the victim’s husband who was back in village. The husband had then called up the police for help while he rushed at the scene.
The victim was a farmer by occupation was from Bali village of Punakha and is survived by her two children and husband.
This was the second case of drowning reported to the Punakha police last year.

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