By Our Reporter
A sudden storm that lashed Bara and Parsa districts on Sunday evening killed 27 people and injured 343 others.
Half a dozen villages, mostly in Bara, were hit by the storm at 8:30 pm Sunday.
According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, 27 people lost their lives in the storm, and 26 of them were from Bara district.
Pheta Rural Municipality of Bara district was worst hit with 12 deaths.
Initially, a total of 668 people were injured and 284 of were discharged after receiving treatment in several health facilities.
Although the detailed report of the losses of physical property was yet to come, the local District Disaster Committees have estimated property worth millions of rupees was damaged in the disaster.
The wind was so powerful that it uprooted even the concrete buildings and water pumps. Most of the victims died being trapped in the walls or the houses and hit by fallen trees and electricity polls.
The storm with a speed of 90 km per hour caused massive damages in the industries and crops.
The injured are receiving treatment in the Birgunj and Kalaiya-based various governmental and private hospitals and medical colleges. A few seriously injured were airlifted to Kathmandu for further treatment.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who was in Jhapa during the disaster reached Bara on Monday cancelling his programmes. He observed the damages and met the injured visiting hospitals.
The province 2 government announced to provide Rs. 300,000 to the family of each killed in the storm. A cabinet meeting of the State Government held on Monday decided to provide the relief.
However, the federal government made no such announcement. A Cabinet meeting held on Monday evening, after Prime Minister Oli arrived from the storm-hit region only decided to bear the medical expenses of those injured in the tornado. The government has decided to manage necessary arrangements to help the storm-hit people, express condolence to the families, which lost their members in the storm and wished speedy recovery of all those injured in the natural disaster. Seven people who were airlifted from a sky truck of Nepali Army are undergoing treatment at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj in Kathmandu. PM Oli brought two other injured with him to Kathmandu.
Surprisingly, the Department Of Hydrology and Meteorology was unaware of the strom. Lack of equipment and manpower to study the satellite data are blamed for the inability.
Former King Gyanendra, in a statement, has expressed deep sorrow on demise of above two dozen people and casualty of over 600 people and loss of property caused by the wind storm. He has wished for speedy recovery of the injured people.
Accordingly, President Bidhya Bhandari and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli have expressed sorrow on the devastating incident. Oli, who was in a trip to his home district, cancelled all his programmes on 1 April and went to inspect the wind storm hit districts.
Political and social workers and security personnel are mobilized in rescue works and different social and religious organizations are involved in distribution of relief materials to the victims of wind storm.
Strom kills 27 in poor Bara, Parsa settlements
By Our Reporter