Kathmandu: The death toll in a massive rainstorm that swept through many places in Nepal on Sunday rose to 35, Nepal Army spokesperson Yam Prasad Dhakal said on Monday.
Over 100 army personnel have been deployed in the affected areas, rescue operations underway.
The security forces are on alert and two MI 17 helicopters have been kept in standby mode for deployment in case of emergency.
"We have kept two MI 17 helicopters in standby mode for deployment in case of emergency. A sky truck is ready in Simara. Over 100 army personnel have been deployed in the affected areas and rescue operations underway," he added.
Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli confirmed the above report in a Twitter message.
हालसम्म २५ जनाको ज्यान गएको र करीब ४०० घाईते भएको जानकारीमा आएकोछ। मृत्युबरण गर्नेहरूप्रति शोकव्यक्त गर्दछु। र, शोकाकुल परिवारजनमा गहिरो समवेदना प्रकट गर्दछु ।— K P Sharma Oli (@kpsharmaoli) March 31, 2019
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.
भोली बिहानबाट आवस्यक उद्दार र राहतका लागि हेलिकप्टर तयारी अवस्थामा राखिएको छ । मौसमले साथ दिएमा तत्काल उद्दार गर्न काठमाडौंको एयर बेसमा
"नाईट भिजन" हेलिकप्टर तयारी अवस्थामा राखिएको छ।
सुरक्षाकर्मी संगै उद्दारमा संलग्न रहन म, सिंगो पार्टी पंक्तिलाई आह्वान गर्दछु।— K P Sharma Oli (@kpsharmaoli) March 31, 2019
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 kilometres 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....