25 killed and more 400 injured as storm lashes Nepal

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At least 25 people have been killed as a massive storm hit several places in Nepal, the media reported.

Besides, around 400 people have also been injured in the storm that hit the Himalayan country’s southern district of Bara and adjoining Parsa on Sunday evening, The Himalayan Times reported.

Rescuers are struggling to reach villages in southern Nepal that were cut off by a rainstorm that has killed 25 people and injured hundreds more.

The rainstorm swept through villages in a farming region of Bara and Parsa districts in southern Nepal on Sunday night.

Nepal‘s Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli said on Twitter he had received a report of 25 people killed and 400 injured.

Police official Sanu Ram Bhattarai said people were crushed by falling walls of their own homes and other debris.

Bhattarai said police officers and soldiers from neighbouring areas had reached the districts Monday and were trying to reach the villages.

Police said cars were flipped by the high winds and passengers were killed in one passenger bus that got blown off the highway.

According to the National Emergency Operation Centre, the injured are currently undergoing treatment at various health care facilities.

According to District Police Office (DPO), Parsa, the number of casualties could see a rise as rescue efforts have gained pace at places the details of which were not taken into account while the previous details were recorded. The DPO did not divulge further details.

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Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli expressed sadness over the loss of lives while extending heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.

Security personnel have been deployed to the affected areas for rescue and relief operations.

According to the Prime Minister’s Chief Advisor Bishnu Rimal, army personnel have already been mobilised to speed up the rescue efforts.

“Two battalions has been mobilised immediately there, here in Mid Air Base, Katmandu; night vision helicopters are on stand by with rescue team. Our security agencies are waiting for favourable weather conditions (sic)”, Rimal responded to Province 2 Attorney General Dipendra Jha’s call to deploy Nepal Army personnel for rescue ops.