Https, May 23 -- While cyclone Amphan passed without much destruction, the past two days has exposed how vulnerable the country's communication network is during times of disasters. Among others, a major disruption resulting from the cyclone in neighbouring West Bengal state in India was on the country's internet connectivity.

Bhutan Telecom's (BT) data service suffered a complete outage towards the evening on May 20, until late afternoon yesterday. BT managed to reestablish the link between 11 pm and 1:45 am on Wednesday.

BT's chief executive officer, Karma Jurme said that both the Phuentsholing and Gelephu links were down after fibre cables in Kolkata were damaged due to the impact of the cyclone.

He said that while BT tried to estab...