Today Thimphu has seen the sun for the first time in days, though short lived, the little warmth it has impart showed abundant rays of hope. Just as the torrential rain has refused to cease so it has not stopped invoking fears in the hearts of the people and it is going pandemic. News of the damages done by the rampant water fills people like me with guilt of not being able to do anything at all, to all the fellow citizens who are living in despair, as I lay watching the news unfolding on the television so helplessly.
The incessant torrential rain angered our gentle and calm streams into mighty muddy rivers pushing them to go astray. The raging-astray-rivers washed away homes of many forcing lives into open. Tore bridges and national highways delinking a few communities completely out of road access and basic commodities. Acres of paddy fields were baked with sand rendering all the hard work of our farmers in vain. And to add salt on the wound some greedy cabbies too went astray in charging the passengers off the ceiling, how sad is that? (They are fixed, though!)
However, the torrential rain has failed to do one thing and that is to tear our hearts apart. We stand together no matter what, be it rain, storm, wind, fire or quake. And no one other than the King himself teaches us better, His Majesty taught us by example: to aspire together, to work together, to grow together and to live together, through the good and the bad as one family. His Majesty personally visited on foot not only to inspect the damages done by the rampant rivers, but also to undertake prompt measures to safe guard every soul and every home from further damaging by the rage of the angry rivers. His Majesty consoled souls in despair, motivated the victims in fear that they are not alone and there still is hope to live on. It gave a giant hope to the whole nation that no one is ever alone: we are all together, we are all one. Thank you so much my King.
Prime Minister and his ministers , all the armed forces, DeSsups, volunteers and individuals did and are still doing their best day in day out, so that fellow citizen can go home to their family and sleep in peace. Most of us living in the comfort zones of higher grounds cannot do anything other than sending prayers. On their behalf and my own, I thank you all.
The rage of the mother nature befell on us heavily lately and it still warns of pouring down from like a ruptured gigantic reservoir. We know, no one can stop the rage of mother nature but we can surely prevent or at least be little this, if only people all around the globe learn to respect the mother nature and her belongings. We don’t own them, she has just granted us the permission for a while. Let’s have a little courtesy and let the trees and stones be where they are. Let the fish be where they are. Let the deer be where she roams freely. If you cannot make them a shelter, at least don’t burn their homes. All these small things makes her mad and her madness is felt by us too, although we living in a small Himalayan kingdom did not do anything.
For now the angry water is again trying to break us down, please be strong my dear fellow citizens, when it cannot even bend, how can it break us??
|His Majesty The King, accompanied by the minister of agriculture and forests, and Chief Operating Officer of the Army, inspects flooded areas in Gelephu.|
|Gelephu Thromde staff and forest officers are part of a team in Gelephu diverting the floodwater to prevent damage to additional areas, including a water treatment plant near the Maokhola river, which has swolle|
|His Majesty The King at the Sarpang market site, which was washed away when the river breached its banks. While the rain continues, Armed Forces, personnel from government agencies, DeSuups, and other volunteers|
Photo courtesy from HM The King's Facebook page.