Nepal thunderstorm: At least 25 killed, over 400 injured; Army called out

Bara district is located 120 kilometres south of the capital, Kathmandu, and borders India's eastern state of Bihar.

At least 27 people have died and more than 400 have been injured after stormy weather hit southern Nepal, destroying houses, uprooting trees and toppling electricity poles.

The rainstorm swept through villages in a farming region of Bara and Parsa districts.

Parsa, the number of casualties could see a rise as rescue efforts have gained pace at places the details of which were not taken into account while the previous details were recorded.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli expressed sadness over the loss of lives and extended heartfelt condolences to the baffected families.

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Government administrator Rajesh Paudel who is a top bureaucrat of Bara district, where the storm hit, said the death toll may increase as rescuers were still trying to reach many of those affected.

Mr Oli said on Twitter that he received a report of 25 people killed and 400 injured.

The National Emergency Operation Centre said the injured are undergoing treatment at various health facilities. He said that two MI 17 helicopters have been put on standby, a skytruck is kept ready for use in Simara and that over 100 Army personnel have been deployed for rescue and relief operations.

Prime Minister's Chief Advisor Bishnu Rimal said army personnel have been mobilised.

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