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Advisory on Heavy Rainfall by NCHM
Updated on 25th June, 2019

Date of Issue: 25th June, 2019
Time of Issue: 4:00 PM

South-west monsoon is active over the country. Heavy to very heavy rainfall has been recorded over the southern belts of the country during the last 24 hours.

Active monsoon is likely to continue during the next 48 hours (26th and 27th June). Due to this the southern and eastern parts of the country is likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall while the rest parts of the country is likely to receive light to moderate rain during these periods. Gusty wind with thunderstorm is also likely over isolated places of the southern and eastern parts of the country.

Updates will be issued if there are any significant changes in the forecast.

Update on the Water level of the lake on 25th June 2019
Updated on 25th June, 2019

The Ministry of Home and Cultural affairs (MoHCA) would like to inform that the team from National Center for Hydrology and Meteorology (NCHM) has been able to restore the Automated Water Level Station (AWLS) of Thorthormi lake with the help of Principal and teachers from Lhedi Primary School, BHU and other staff. Thorthormi AWLS has started transmitting water level data automatically to Wangdi GLOF Control and NCHM Headquarter, Thimphu starting from 17:10 hours yesterday.
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Press Release Update
Updated on 24th June, 2019

Update on the Water level of the lake on 24th June 2019:

In continuation to the press release issued on 23rd June 2019 by the Ministry of Home and Cultural affairs (MoHCA).the water level of the lakes reported to be normal. The National Center for Hydrology & Meteorology (NCHM) is continuously monitoring the Thanza lake site station, Wangdi Phodrang and Thimphu Control center.
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Press Release Update
Updated on 23rd June, 2019

Update on Water Level in Phochu as of 4 PM on 23rd June 2019:

In continuation to the Press Release issued on 21st June 2019 and subsequent update provided on 22nd June 2019 by the Ministry of Home & Cultural Affairs, the water level in the river continues to be normal, as of 4 pm on 23rd June 2019. The National Centre for Hydrology & Meteorology (NCHM) is monitoring the situation round the clock at Thanza lake-site station, Wangduephodrang and Thimphu Control Centres.
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Press Release
Updated on 21st June, 2019

Press Release

Issued on: 21st June 2019 by Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs

On 20th June 2019, the Glacial Lake Outburst Flood Early Warning System station in Lunana recorded a rise in water level and reported the incident to the appropriate authorities. The rise in water level was due to breach of a subsidiary lake in Thorthormi. There are no significant impacts reported. Since the initial breach of the subsidiary lake, the water has remained at normal level.

The situation is being continuously monitored by the National Centre for Hydrology & Meteorology (NCHM) at Thanza lake-site station, Wangduephodrang and Thimphu Control Centres and by the Department of Disaster Management. Authorities concerned have held coordination meetings to consider precautionary measures. A special team of experts are visiting the lake site on 22nd June 2019 to make a rapid assessment of the lakes and the surrounding areas.

Based on information received from NCHM, updates are being provided to all relevant stakeholders.

Advisory from NCHM on Cyclone FANI
Updated on 1st May, 2019

During the last 24 hours the Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘FANI’ has intensified into Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm which is now located over the Southwest Bay of Bengal, 600 km from Puri (Odisha) and 400 km from Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh). The system is moving north-northwestwards.

Impact over Bhutan As per the latest forecast, due to change in the forecast track of cyclone. Bhutan is expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall over the southern, eastern and isolated places of central parts of the country on 4th and 5th May while the rest of the country is likely to receive moderate to heavy rain.

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Contract award notification for the "Planning, Design and supervision of NEOC Construction
Updated on 15th February, 2019

The Department of Disaster Management is pleased to award the consultancy service for the Planning, Design and Supervision of National Emergency Operation Centre Construction to M/s. United Consultancy in Joint venture with M/s. Kokusai Kogya Co. Ltd. at the contract price of Ngultrum six million one lakh sixteen thousand seven hundred fifty only (Nu. 6,116,750.00).

Joining of new Director General to Department of Disaster Management
Updated on 11th February, 2019

As per the Executives Transfer of the Royal Civil Service Commission dated 15th January, 2019, Jigme Thinlye Namgyal, former Director General of the Department of Information Technology & Telecom, Ministry of Information & Communications, has formally joined as the new Director General for the Department of Disaster Management under Ministry of Home & Cultural Affairs with effect from 11th February, 2019.

Jigme Thinlye Namgyal, Director General.

Update on DMCP Training at IMS, Serbithang
Updated on 18th December, 2018

The sector DMCP training scheduled for 18 th December will start from 19th December at 9:30 am at IMS, Serbithang. The DDM would like to request all the participants to exercise extreme caution while driving to the training venue owing to the ice on the road.

First Snowfall of the Year
Updated on 18th December, 2018

Today (18/12/2018) has been declared as a holiday to mark the first snowfall of the year by Royal Government of Bhutan.
Therefore, the scheduled DM & CP training is postponed until further notice. The DDM would like to request the general public to exercise extreme caution and avoid unnecessary travels.

Practical Emergency Logistics Training from 10th to 13th December, 2018
Updated on 14th December, 2018

The Department of Disaster Management and the World Food Program organized Practical Emergency Logistics Training from 10th to 13th December, 2018 on handling of Mobile Storage Unit (10m x 32m). Such facility will be used for setting up Humanitarian Staging Area during emergencies like major earthquakes for receiving, storage and distribution of relief materials. It could also be used as temporary shelter, emergency office, etc. The participants were from the Royal Bhutan Police, Desuung, Disaster Communication and Helpline Unit, Food Corporation of Bhutan and Fablab Bhutan.

Earthquake Simulation Exercise for Thimphu Thromde on 10th November, 2018
Updated on 08th November, 2018

This is to notify the general public that Thimphu Thromde in collaboration with the Department of Disaster Management and Save the Children through ECHO funding will be conducting an Earthquake Simulation Exercise for Thimphu Thromde on 10th of November between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

The Exercise will comprise simulation of fire outbreaks, roadblocks and collapse of buildings requiring Search and Rescue, Medical Emergency, Traffic and Fire Fighting Response Services in Norzin and Babesa Demkhongs.

The general public is requested not to panic and to cooperate with the crowd control and traffic teams. The purpose of this simulation exercise is to inform and educate the general public as well as to test preparedness levels of Thimphu Thromde and the responding agencies.

Please bear with any inconveniences caused as a result of this simulation exercise.

International Day for Disaster Reduction(“Reducing Economic Losses from Disaster”)-13th October, 2018
Updated on 16th October, 2018
Chief Guest and others guests being seated

International Day for Disaster Reduction 2018 was observed in Gelephu Middle Secondary School (GMSS) under the theme “Reducing Economic Losses from Disaster in relation to global GDP by 2030”. Around 270 representatives from dungkhag office, thromde office, 4 schools under gelephu thromde and other sectors (national and international) came together to observe the day. The day began with offering of butter lamps and singing national anthem followed by marchang ceremony and opening addresses from the guests.

The students from GMSS welcomed us with a Welcome Dance followed by the cultural show from other participating Thromde Schools. Our chief Guest, Dasho Thrompon visited and run through the exhibitions by the schools which are related to the Disasters.

Invitation for Expression of Interest (EOI)
Updated on 6 th September, 2018

The Department of Disaster Management would like to invite Expression of Interest from the certified consultancy firms for the planning, designing and supervision of NEOC construction.
Expressions of interest must be delivered to the department before 25th September 2018 at 14:00 hour. For further information contact (+975) 327319 during office hours.

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In-service Vacancy Announcement
Updated on 20 th August, 2018

The Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs invites applications from interested in-service civil servants for the following position through Open Competition:

Position Title Position Level No. of slots Place of posting Minimum qualification Super Structure Remarks
Chief Program Officer P1A 1 Risk Prevention & Reduction Division, Department of Disaster Management, Thimphu Bachelar's Degree Administrative Service Eligible P2 Candidates shall apply

The application along with the following documents should reach the HRD, MoHCA by September 3, 2018:

1. Updated CV generated from CSIS,
2. Audit and Security Clearance (Valid for interview purpose),
3. Performance rating for the recent two years (CSIS generated moderation category with seal and sign of HRO),
4. For other eligible criteria, please refer to Section 13.7, Chapter 13 of BCSR 2018.

The shortlisted candidates with date, timeand venue for interview will be announced on the Ministry’s website.For any clarification please contact at 327626/323741 during office hours.

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First meeting of Inter-Ministerial Task Force (IMTF), Department of Disaster Management-MoHCA
Updated on 10 th June, 2018

Inter-Ministerial Task Force(IMTF) Members

In line with Section 49 of the Disaster Management Act of Bhutan 2013 and in accordance with the decisions of the 5th National Disaster Management Authority meeting, the Department of Disaster Management is pleased to inform the institution of the Inter-Ministerial Task Force (IMTF) comprising of members from various relevant agencies on 3rd July, 2018.
The IMTF shall vet, review, advise and provide technical recommendations on Rules and Regulations, hazard zonation, vulnerability maps, national standards, guidelines, Standard Operating Procedures, development of Critical Disaster Management Facilities, structural and non-structural mitigation measures and all disaster management proposals. The IMTF shall convene as and when important matters related to the aforementioned subjects emerge.
The department would like to inform all the agencies to refer such any document that you are developing in the sphere of disaster management for proper vetting, review and recommendation by the IMTF. The NDMA approval shall be contingent on fulfilling the IMTF review and advisory processes as provisioned under the law.

Shortlisted firms for the Planning, Designing and Supervision of NEOC Construction
Updated on 3 rd April, 2018

The Department of Disaster Management is pleased to inform that the following three firms are shortlisted for the planning, designing and supervision of NEOC construction. The shortlisted firms will be requested for inviting Request for Proposals shortly.

Sl.No. Name of the Firms Joint Venture Partner
1. Jurutera Perunding Zaaba Sdn. Bhd. (JPZ) Consulting (Malaysia, Bangladesh & Nepal) Ltd. Progressive Research and Consultancy Services
2. Kokusai Kogya Co. Ltd United Consultancy
3. Equal Engineers & Consultants Transcend Artsian

Updated on 20 th March, 2018

The Department of Disaster Management, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs would like to issue an addendum to the bid for the procurement of the emergency communication and coordination items for District Emergency Operation Center (DEOC).

The details of the addendum issued is attached herein as excel file.

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Bids must be submitted to the department on or before April 2, 2018 at 11AM as specified in the bidding datasheet.

Finial BIDS Document:
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