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Dozens killed as storm hits southern Nepal News



Rescuers are struggling to reach out in southern Nepal that were cut off by a rainstorm that has killed at least 31 people and injured hundreds more.

The storm swept through villages in a farming region of Bara and Parsa districts in southern Nepal, about 120km south of capital Kathmandu, on Sunday night

Earlier, Nepal Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli said he received a report of 25 people killed and 400 injured.

Police official Sanu Ram Bhattarai said people were crushed by

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

According to Nepal's Prime Minister 25 people were killed and 400 injured [ Niranjan Shrestha / AP Photo]

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

"The thunderstorm uprooted trees, electricity poles and telephone poles. Most casualties occurred after people were struck by them," said Bhattarai.

Thunderstorms normally hit the country in the spring between April and May, but experts say Sunday's disaster was unusually severe.

Al Jazeera's Subina Shrestha, reporting from the district hospital in Parsa said the storm started around 19:30 local time (13:45 GMT).

" Wherever it went the storm of massive destruction and the mud and wood structures that they [locals] crashed down almost like match sticks, injuring them ".

"As many as 100,000 people have been affected by this aftermath of the storm," Shrestha said, adding that Oli visited earlier on Monday and duty locals that were rescued and recovered.

SOURCE:
             Al Jazeera and news agencies


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