On the morning of June 16, Bhutan woke as much as the tragic information that 10 individuals had been killed in a landslide at round 1 am within the northern district of Gasa. This was the biggest variety of fatalities in a pure catastrophe in Bhutan this 12 months. Landslides and flooding killed six individuals in 2019 and 4 in 2020.
The victims – seven ladies and three males – had been camped with 33 different individuals from Lungo village at a spot referred to as Ri-Drupzhi in Laya Gewog, Gasa district, since Could 17. They have been amassing cordyceps, a helpful fungus believed to have medical properties, area people chief Lhakpa Tshering informed The Third Pole. 5 others have been severely injured and have been airlifted to the Nationwide Referral Hospital within the Bhutanese capital Thimphu.
The rescue was solely doable as a result of one of many cordyceps collectors, Phurpa, who was tenting a long way away, heard their cries and contacted the native authorities. A minimum of six youngsters in Lungo village have misplaced their moms to this landslide, mentioned Pema Wangchuk, an area chief. “The incident has left highlanders traumatised, and all cordyceps collectors have returned to the village,” he mentioned.
This isn’t the one landslide to have occurred in Bhutan this 12 months. Pema Singye, chief programme officer…