On Sunday evening, a raging ‘windstorm’ swept across Nepal’s south – in the districts of Bara and Parsa. The storm while lasting only for half an hour, (from 07:45 p.m. – 8: 15 p.m.), and taking the residents by complete surprise, wreaked havoc – causing much damage to life and property.
Yesterday, the National Emergency Operation Centre released an assessment of the situation, and said 2,400 families have been affected by the storm. A total of 28 lives were lost, of which 11 were male, 11 female, and 6 children. 27 lives were lost in Bara district, 1 from Bara. A total of 1,058 private houses were completely destroyed and 1,342 houses were partially damaged in the storm. Birgunj Metropolitan City in Parsa was least affected and Pheta Rural Municipality is said to be the worst-hit area.
According to the report, of the total 678 injured people, 234 people are still receiving treatment in various hospitals and medical colleges. Of them, 10 are undergoing treatment in Kathmandu and Lalitpur based hospitals. Nine people are receiving treatment in TU Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj and one in B&B Hospital, Gwarko, Lalitpur, according to the NEOC.
The affected families are living in make-do shelters, many are said to be sleeping in the open sky. Immediate relief efforts were conducted by security personnel, and many institutions, organisations, and political personnel reached out to the community the next day. Yesterday, the provincial government committed to building 3 bedroom homes for the affected, providing a respite for them. However, until the new homes are built, the residents will have to make do with the temporary shelter – something which is going to be difficult once monsoons set in.