At Least 27 Died And Over 600 Injured After A Strong Storm Hit Two Southern Districts In Nepal
At least 27 died and over 600 injured after a strong rainstorm hit several villages in two southern districts, Bara and Parsa in Nepal on Sunday evening.
Strong rainstorm swept through a number of villages in Bara and Parsa districts where flipping vehicles and toppling trees and electricity poles were reported.
Most of the casualties were reported in Bara district where authorities reported one death and four injuries in Parsa district.
Local police reported the high winds flipped one passenger bus off a highway and damaged around a dozen passenger buses and some private vehicles causing fatalities. The other casualties were caused by collapsing walls and falling bricks in homes.
Meanwhile, Nepalese Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli confirmed 27 death and 612 injuries in the storm. He further reported 343 among the injured returned home after treatment and around 260 victims were still in the hospitals at Birgunj and Kalaiya.
बारा र पर्सामा आएको त्रासद आँधी हुरीबाट ज्यान गुमाउनेको संख्या २७ पुगेको छ । घाइते हुनु भएका ६१२ जना मध्ये ३४३ जना उपचारपछि घर फर्किनु भएको छ । तत्काल राहतका लागि सामग्री सहित नेपाल प्रहरीको थप टोली बिहान पौने ५ बजे पुगेको छ । घाइतेको उपचारमा सरकारले कुनै कसर बाँकी राख्नेछैन ।
— K P Sharma Oli (@kpsharmaoli) April 1, 2019
The Prime Minister further assured that an additional team of Nepal Police reached the scene at around 5 on Monday morning with immediate relief material.
Mr. Oli had previously expressed his concern for the Bara and Parsa citizens and expressed his condolences to the bereaved families through Twitter on Sunday evening.