Sunday, June 24, 2012

UPDATED: Disaster In Bhutan

In what is being described as a "major cultural loss" to the Kingdom of Bhutan, the Wangduephodrang Dzong -- one of the oldest fortresses, dating to 1638 -- is ablaze at this hour. Firemen are unable to cope with the intense heat and strong winds, and the historic fort is burning out of control.

UPDATED: Following a heroic but ultimately futile struggle, during which even His Majesty the King came in person to help, the structure is deemed a total loss at this time. His Majesty has declared tomorrow a day of mourning for the loss of this national symbol. The following "before" and "after" photographs show some extent of the devastation.

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1 reader comments:

LC Douglass said...

This is terrible! Thank you for posting. The main media are not reporting it. I hope part of the fortress is salvaged and maybe the damaged parts can be rebuilt. What a tragedy.