At least 6 people were killed and 17 others are still missing after flash floods triggered by heavy rains in Lhuentse, Bhutan on 20 July 2023.
The victims included Druk Green Power Corporation workers from a nearby hydropower plant, and several people in a Desuup (national volunteer programme) base camp. At least 3 people suffered injuries but were reported to be in a stable condition. A section of the Yungichhu Hydro Power Project was reportedly damaged.
A team comprising of local officials, Desuups, Druk Green Power Corporation, disaster management and volunteers were working at the site. Additional manpower trained in search and rescue from various hydropower plants was also to be deployed, officials said.
Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering visited the area on 21 July. He said the devastating flash flood presented one of the biggest loss of lives and properties in recent memory, and shook the core of the nation.
“The tragedy is anything but comprehensible for the families, but I draw motivation from every Bhutanese who are feeling the losses and offering strength to the loved ones,” the Prime Minister said. “I thank you and everyone working hard on the ground for showing us hope.”