Updated: 4/2/2019 10:31:39 AM
A severe thunderstorm swept through parts of southern Nepal on Sunday night, March 31, 2019, leaving at least 35 people dead and over 600 injured. Search and rescue operations are still in progress and the death toll could rise.
The worst affected was Bara District, near the border with India, with at least 28 people were killed, police official said.
The victims were either killed after getting buried under the rubble of houses and metal roofs while sleeping or due to coming in contact with live wires.
The majority of over 600 injured were from Pheta and Bhupathi Bharwaliya areas in Bara.
Published Monday, April 1, 2019
At least 25 people have been killed and hundreds injured after stormy weather hit southern Nepal, destroying houses, uprooting trees and toppling electricity poles, officials said.
The thunderstorm swept through the district of Bara and adjoining areas late on Sunday (Mar 31), Bara's police chief Sanu Ram Bhattarai told AFP.
"At least 25 people have been killed and many injured. Search and rescue workers have been deployed," Bhattarai said, warning that the toll may rise, with information about the disaster still coming in.
Prime minister KP Sharma Oli expressed his condolences in a tweet and said that as well as the 25 killed, around 400 were injured.
"Helicopters are on standby for necessary rescue and relief tomorrow morning," Oli said. Storms causing such high casualties in spring are rare in Nepal.
Nepal storm Facts
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Green