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Bhutan: Flood: 2000/08 Country Information on DRR

Period 2000/08
Country or District Bhutan
Event Type Flood
Outline Due to unusually heavy rains starting on 31 July 2000, landslides and floods have struck several areas in south Bhutan, along the border with India which has also been exposed to disastrous flooding triggered by monsoon rains. The disaster is the worst in recorded history in Bhutan. Phuentsholing and Pasakha are the worst affected towns.
Human Impact Physical Impact Others
OCHA Situation Report No. 2 2000/08/11
More than a thousand people have been left homeless and are in temporary shelters.
Numerous roads remain blocked due to landslides and erosion. Many trucks, buses and other vehicles were submerged and the main water supply in the affected area was cut off when water pipes burst. The breakdown of water supply has become the most serious problem caused by the floods. There is a need to intervene in the water supply sector in order to prevent water-born diseases, along with cholera and typhoid, though no disease outbreak has yet been reported.
OCHA Situation Report No. 1 2000/08/07
The village of Pasakha is the worst hit, where the disaster has reportedly claimed 63 lives. The landslides blocked nearly the country's entire road network.

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World Food Programme (WFP) 2000/08/25
Due to the floods, around 1,045 people have become homeless in Pasakha, the most severely affected area. Water supply and sewage systems have reportedly been completely destroyed at Phuentsholing, Pasakha and Samtse.

OCHA Situation Report No. 2 2000/08/11

OCHA Situation Report No. 1 2000/08/07
Unconfirmed media reports indicate that rescue workers have recovered nearly 200 bodies during the past three days. Many others are feared missing in the rubble of hundreds of houses and buildings which have been buried or destroyed in seven villages between the townships of Phuentsholing and Chukha.