Nepal thunderstorm: Rescuers struggle to reach storm-hit area, at least 27 dead

NEPAL : Rescuers were struggling Monday to reach villages in southern Nepal cut off by a rainstorm that has killed 27 people and injured hundreds more.

High winds flipped cars and blew one passenger bus off a highway, causing fatalities. Police said other deaths were caused by collapsing walls and falling bricks in homes and toppled trees and electricity poles.

The rainstorm swept through villages in a farming region of Bara and Parsa districts in southern Nepal on Sunday night. The government administrator in Bara, Rajesh Poudel, said Monday morning that 27 were killed there. One person died in neighbouring Parsa, administrator Narayan Bhattarai said.

Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli had previously said on Twitter another 400 were injured.