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Bhutan has a number of services to provide assistance to those in distress


Police 113 - or General Hqr- 322347/ 322348/ 322619 PABX
Col. Sonam Thondup, Chief of Police Office: -322674
Lt. Col. Sangay Dorji, SP Thimphu Division-322410
Capt. Dorji Khandu, Officer in-charge, City Police Station, Thimphu.
Office:- 326757
Maj. Chimi Dorji, Staff Officer to the Chief of Police. Office: -322616

Fire station -110
Capt. Karma Tshering, Super indent of Police, Fire Department-322261;
Lt. Lobzang Choida, Officer in-charge, Fire Dept:- 17618858 (M), 322261
Fire fighting (Motithang area)- 322004
Fire fighting (Dzong) -322020
Fire fighting (Taba) -325736
Traffic Police -324733
Major Karma Tshering, SP Traffic-322021
Lt. Karma Phuntshok, OC Traffic -333000(O), 17601872 (M)
Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital -322496/ 322497/ 322620

Ambulance -112
Medical Facilities and Emergency Contact -322496, 322420

There are also some helpline numbers for those seeking confidential assistance
Helpline (for children, students and adults seeking confidential assistance) - call 327000 for assistance, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mondays to Fridays
RENEW (for women who are suffering whether at the hands of their husbands or others, and seek confidential assistance) - call 332158 or 332159; or e-mail

For more information about Bhutan, try the following links.
If you have ideas for other useful links which could be added to this page, please e-mail us.

Volunteers in Bhutan Committee
c/o UNV Office
UN House
Thimphu, Bhutan
Tel: 322424 ext 114

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