Death toll from storm reaches 27
Birgunj, 1 April (2019) – Police have informed that total 27, including 26 from Bara and one from Parsa district have so far lost their lives and over 600 people injured in the incident of storm occurred last night.
According to District Police Office, Bara, Theta rural municipality of Bara saw the highest number of human casualties. The disaster also caused loss of lives and properties in Telkuwa, Simangadh, Basini, Bhaluhi, Hardiya, Pashurampur and Dharmanagar of Bara and Parsa, informed Hem Bahadur Shahi, Bara police spokesperson.
Rescue operation is still underway and more details on the disaster are yet to be reported, police said.
State-2 government announces immediate relief to disaster survivors
The State-2 Council of Ministers has expressed profound sorrow over the big loss of lives and properties incurred in the districts, including Bara and Parsa due to storm last night.
The cabinet meeting held this morning has decided to offer a relief package of Rs 300,000 each to the survivors’ families.
The strong winds followed by rain and hailstones occurred in different places of Bara and Parsa on Sunday night left more than 25 people dead. The death toll continues to rise, according to the hospitals.
Over 400 injured people are being treated at the hospitals in Kalaiya and Birgunj.
Security personnel and local people are still engaged in rescuing people from the disaster sites.
The State government has also decided to bear all the expenses incurred during treatment of the recent disaster-injured people and also take initiative for residential arrangement for those losing home.
Sharing the cabinet decisions, Chief Minister of State-2, Lalbabu Raut said, “We will immediately provide relief of Rs 300,000 each to the families of the deceased. The state government would bear all the expenses incurred in course of the treatment of the injured”.
CM Raut informed that the State government would also make effort for the arrangement of immediate residence and rehabilitation of the disaster survivors in the long-run.
Prime Minister to travel to storm-hit area
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives and properties in Bara and Parsa due to strong winds last night.
Prime Minister Oli is scheduled to travel to Bara and Parsa today to monitor the relief and rescue works undergoing there.
The Prime Minister will set out to the disaster-hit area via Nepal Army’s helicopter at 10.30 this morning, informed Chetan Adhikari, PM’s press coordinator.
Home Minister directs to put full-fledged relief and rescue efforts
Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa ‘Badal’ has expressed sorrow over the natural disaster causing human casualties and loss of properties in Bara and Parsa lst night.
According to the details so far received at the Home Ministry, 27 persons were already dead and around 400 people have sustained injuries, informed Minster Thapa.
He shared that security personnel have been mobilised in the disaster-hit area for rescue and relief immediately after the incident.
Earlier today, Minister Thapa has directed his subordinate agencies to not leave any stone unturned to carry out relief, rescue and treatment efforts in the area.
The Home Minister expressed tribute to those killed in the disaster and also wished for the speedy recovery of the injured.
Health workers’ team to reach out to storm survivors
A team comprising doctors and health workers will be dispatched to the districts hit by a massive storm killing at least 27 people and injuring scores others, said Chitwan district administration office.
Preparations were underway to send the 35-member team from Chitwan Medical College alongside medicines, said chief district officer Jitendra Basnet. Homework was underway to send health workers’ teams from other hospitals as well, he added.
A blood donation programme has been organised at Bharatpur to supply bloods to those injured in the disaster.
Call to make relief works effective
Speaker of the House of Representatives Krishna Bahadur Mahara has made a special request to the government and stakeholders to make rescue and relief works effective, without any delay in the aftermath of the natural disaster in Bara and Parsa districts. Issuing a statement here today, he has also expressed sorrow over the loss of life and property in the incident, while urging the government to not let any stone unturned in the medical treatment of the injured.
In a similar statement, National Assembly Chairman Ganesh Prasad Timalsena has urged the government for speedy rescue and relief to the survivors, proper compensation to the families of the deceased and those affected. He has also drawn the attention of the concerned agencies towards exercising alertness in ensuring that such unfortunate incidents are curtailed in the future.
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