Nepal: Rainstorm kills 25, Army deployed

Kathmandu [Nepal]: A massive rainstorm that swept through many places in Nepal on Sunday killed 25 people and injured at least 400 others.

Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli confirmed the above report in a Twitter message.

The Prime Minister said that security forces have been alerted while rescue operations and helicopters with night vision capabilities were waiting for the weather to clear to help bring the injured from the villages.

“Deepest condolences to the victims’ families are revealed. Keep the helicopter preparatory phase ready in order to help the needy. ‘Night Vision’ helicopter is ready for the preparation phase,” Oli posted on his official twitter handle.

According to the District Police Office in Parsa, the number of casualties is expected to rise as the storm had hit many villages in the Bara district, located about 120 kilometers south of Kathmandu, The Himalayan Times reported.

The National Emergency Operation Centre said that rescue operations would be difficult especially during the night as roads and other communication facilities in those areas have been blocked by fallen trees and electricity poles.
Meanwhile, the people who were injured during the calamity have been safely shifted to the hospital.

“Two battalions have been mobilised immediately there, here in Mid Air Base, Katmandu; night vision helicopters are on standby with the rescue team. Our security agencies are waiting for favourable weather conditions [sic]”, Prime Minister’s Chief Advisor Bishnu Rimal was quoted as saying.