Kathmandu, Apr 1: At least 29 people were killed and over 600 others injured as a massive storm lashed Nepal, authorities said on Monday.
Of the 29 victims, 28 were from the Bara district, while one person was killed in Parsa, The Himalayan Times reported. According to Himalayan Times, Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs Prem Kumar Rai said that the storm started striking the villages of Bara and Parsa districts located about 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of the capital, Kathmandu on Sunday evening at around 1945 hours (local time) and lasted for one hour.
The victims were either killed after getting buried under rubble of houses and metal roofs or due to coming in contact with live wires.
According to a senior official, majority of the injured were from Pheta and Bhulahi Bharwaliya areas in Bara.
The storm destroyed hundreds of houses, uprooted trees, electric poles and damaged over 12 passenger buses, the police said. Security agencies, including two battalions of the Nepal Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force of Nepal were mobilized to carry out rescue and relief operations in the affected areas.
An emergency meeting held in Bara on Monday morning decided to provide 300,000 Nepalese rupees each the victims' family along with a relief package including tents, food items and medical supplies.
The Parsa district authorities urged the Nepal government to declare a state of emergency. Meanwhile, Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli was scheduled to visit Bara to take stock of the disaster. (UNI)