At least 35 people were killed and 400 others injured as a massive rainstorm hit several villages in southern Nepal, officials said on Monday. The number of deaths would likely increase as the storm had hit many villages in the Bara district, located about 120 kilometres (75 miles) south of the capital, Kathmandu, said Government administrator Rajesh Poudel. The storm hit many villages in Parsa districts also, according to the Home Ministry officials.
The National Emergency Operation Centre said the injured are undergoing treatment at various health facilities.
Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli expressed sadness over the loss of lives and extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.
The officials said the army and police personnel have been mobilised to carry out rescue and relief operations.
The injured were being brought to a hospital by cars and ambulances, but roads in many villages had been blocked by fallen trees and electricity poles, officials said.
Poudel said most of the deaths and injuries were because of flying objects and falling huts and trees. Most people in the district are farmers.