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windstorm hit Kailali and Kanchanpur districts in Sudurpaschim

Two persons were killed while at least 99 people were injured as a strong windstorm hit Kailali and Kanchanpur districts in Sudurpaschim Province on Thursday evening.

The deceased have been identified as Bir Bahadur Chaudhary, 26, of Godavari Municipality in Kanchanpur and Lahanu Dagaura of Tikapur Municipality-2 in Kailali, according to local reporter.

Chaudhary breathed his last at Seti Zonal Hospital in Dhangadhi. Among the injured, 18 are undergoing treatment at various health facilities in Dhangadhi while others have been discharged after treatment. It has also been learnt that two of the injured were referred to India for further treatment.

The storm hit several places in the two adjoining districts at 7:50 pm, according to the National Emergency Operations Centre. Roads have been blocked as trees and utility poles were uprooted, while there was a power outage following the strong winds.

According to SP Giri, the windstorm caused major damage at Dhunge Bazaar area bordering the two districts. The storm which started at around 7:50 pm lasted for nearly 40 minutes. “Most of the houses with zinc sheet roofs have been destroyed,” police said.

The storm caused massive infrastructural damages and brought down houses of local people in hundreds.

He said, a meeting of the disaster relief committee of Dhangadhi Sub-Metropolitan City has already started under the coordination of Mayor Nripa Bahadur Odd to discuss relief measures. Likewise, another meeting of the District Disaster Relief Committee (DDRC) is going to take place at 12:00 pm under the coordination of Chief District Officer of Kailali, Yagya Raj Bohara.

Security personnel from Nepal Police, Nepal Army and Armed Police Force have been mobilised for rescue and relief operations.

Meanwhile, the Home Ministry issued an alert that the storm was gradually shifting towards the east. “The windstorm is now making its way towards Bardiya, Dang and areas further east. Stay safe, stay alert,” the NEOC’s twitter handle posted.

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