Death toll rises to 28 after a massive storm strikes several places in the southern area of Bara and Parsa districts in Nepal on Sunday, March 31.
It was initially reported that at least 25 were killed and more than 500 people were injured in the natural disaster.
Many of the victims were asleep in simple huts when powerful winds sent deadly debris flying through the air Sunday night. A policial, Sita Uprety, said that the Bara district sustained the most damage and casualties.
The National Emergency Operation Centre told local media that the victims are being treated at various health service providing facilities in the districts.
Rescue officers were struggling to account for the dead and help people in the dark in southern Nepal. Felled trees and electrical poles blocked the main access highway due to which rescuers faced difficulties to rescue the victims.
A deputy superintendent of police, Hem Bahadur Shah, said, "It was dark everywhere in the night. Dead bodies are scattered everywhere."
Following the tragic incident, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, took to Twitter and expressed sadness over the loss of lives of the nation, extending condolences to the bereaved families.
बारा/पर्सा जिल्लाको केही स्थानमा अहिले सॉझ आएको डरलाग्दो ऑधि/हुरीबाट धनजनको अकल्पनीय क्षति भएको जानकारीमा आएकोछ। यस आकस्मिक क्षतिप्रति गहिरो दु:ख व्यक्त गर्दछु। उद्दारमा सुरक्षाकर्मीहरू परिचालित भईसकेका छन्।उद्दारमा गंभीर हुन र घाईतेको उपचारमा कुनै कमी आउन नदिन निर्देशित गरिएकोछ।
— K P Sharma Oli (@kpsharmaoli) March 31, 2019
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