01 April 2019- Kathmandu – Torrential rain and heavy windstorm in the Tarai of Nepal has killed several dozens of People specially elders and children and injured several hundreds as they were returning from work and school yesterday.
According to the government news sources, At least 41 people have been killed and more than 400 have been injured in a severe rainstorm that swept through parts of southern Nepal on Sunday.
Officials said police and rescue personnel had been dispatched to the villages in Bara and Parsa districts, but reaching the victims was a challenge during the night.
“We have been coordinating with the local representatives to make use of readily available resources for rescue work,” said Chief District Officer Rajesh Poudel in Bara. “We have yet to identify those who have been killed.”
On Sunday night, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said rescue teams from Nepal Police, the Army and the Armed Police Force had been deployed overnight. Oli said the government was dispatching night vision helicopters to the affected areas as soon as weather conditions on the ground improved.
Meanwhile, hospitals in both districts have been overwhelmed by hundreds of injured. More than 200 victims have been admitted to Kalaiya Hospital, which has only five doctors on duty. The bodies of dead have been piling up at the Narayani Hospital, National Medical College and Healthcare Hospital in neighboring Birgunj district.
Hospital workers in the districts said many of the victims had not eaten anything because the rainstorms hit just ahead of dinner time. Police and Army personnel had been distributing tea and biscuits to the injured as they lined up along the hospital corridors.
According to Dipendra Jha, the chief attorney for Province 2, Bhaluhi, Bharbaliya and Chainpur are the most affected villages in Bara. Local police officials said as rescue work continues, they fear the number of dead could rise.
Most of the affected homes were made from mud and collapsed when electricity poles and trees fell on them. Officials said the injured were being brought to a hospital by cars and ambulances, but rescue work was being hampered by dozens of trees that have blocked the road.
casualties may rise as rescue and whereabouts of people’s operation are under way by security departments and local authorities.