English | Dzongkha Thursday, July 28, 2016

Six buried at PHPA-II site

Komal Kharka, Wangdue Phodrang
Mar 3 2016

Six buried at PHPA-II site-Six workers, all of Indian Origin, have been completely buried after loose soil, above the downstream surge chamber of Punatshagchhu Hydropower Project- II, gave way, today.

The incident occurred at 1 in the morning when the six, along with 12 others, had been working the night-shift.

The rest could escape unhurt.

The economic affairs minister, Norbu Wangchuk said he has directed the Project Manager to do everything possible to rescue them.

The ministry also has deployed people at the site to assess the situation.

Lyonpo said when massive hydropower projects are undertaken, there are geological surprises.

“When we have to scarp out mud and rocks accidents do happen. Our heart goes out to the family members of those trapped.”

 

1 Comment for “Six buried at PHPA-II site”

  1. Kama

    re: “When we have to scarp out mud and rocks accidents do happen. Our heart goes out to the family members of those trapped.”

    How can government makes such statement? Sounds like PM knew of the accident, which was waiting to happen. How come we can be so complacent with workplace safety issues? These Indian workers are our friends, brothers and sons of our neighbour India. Marely stating ‘our heart goes out to the family members’ is not good enough. We need to do more. And more importantly, a top class safety workplace and procesure in place so that such tragedy can be avoided.

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