At least 27 people have lost their lives after a heavy storm hit Nepal late Sunday, according to local authorities.
Another 400 people were injured in the intense storm, which was centered in the Bara and Parsa districts in the central part of Nepal, police officer Satya Narayan Thapa told DPA news agency. He says the number of fatalities can increase. The injured have been sent to several different hospitals.
– The storm overturned trees, power poles and telephone poles. Most of the deaths are due to people being hit by these, says Thapa.
– Two battalions are mobilized and ready to travel from Kathmandu immediately. Helicopters equipped with night vision are in readiness together with rescue personnel, Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Olis chief advisor, Bishnu Rimal, disputes. He further states that the rescue services are waiting for better weather conditions.
Storms like this usually occur in April and May, and experts say Sunday’s storm is unusual.
Every year, hundreds die in Nepal during monsoon rains, leading to floods and landslides from June to September.