ITAHARI: Two persons died and property worth millions was damaged when heavy windstorm lashed Sunsari and Morang districts on Tuesday evening.
Lila Bahadur Rai (61) of Bharaul, Sunsari and Sukamaya Limbu (65) of Belbari, Morang died after they were crushed by falling trees in high winds, police said.
Rai’s dead body was found on Wednesday morning in the Kaushika community forest where he had gone to collect fodder for his cattle.
Limbu, who was seriously injured after being crushed under the falling tree, breathed her last while receiving treatment at the Dharan-based BP Koiraial Institute of Health and Sciences.
Meanwhile, windstorm caused huge damage to property in Sunsari and Morang, a large number of houses have lost their roofs in Sunsari.
Houses of Duhabi, Sonapur, Khanar, Itahari, Ekamba, Pakali, Bhasi, Chimadi and other places have lost their roofs, while half a dozen police offices including District Police Office of Sunsari, Area Police Offices of Duhabi and Chimadi were partly damaged.
High winds have also blown off roofs of the Sonapur-based madrassa – Tabligul Islam – and Nisahaya Orphanage of Duhabi and Bhagarwati Secondary School of Inaruwa. Gales have also damaged the wall of the madrassa and Bhagawati School which alone is said to have lost property worth over Rs 1 million.
Similarly, while windstorm completely damaged the Laukahi-based temporary traffic police post, it has also blown off the roof of
Ianaruwa-based Sunsari Primary School.
Chicken farm houses in over dozen VDCs in Sunsari have also got their roofs blown off and electricity poles in a number of VDCs have fallen flat, leaving power supply disrupted. According to the Nepal Electricity Authority Duhabi grid, about 60 poles have fallen down
in the district.
In Morang, the Nepal Telecom’s Belbari-based tower collapsed. According to the Telecom Itahari Chief Dhana Bahadur Thapa, a small
tower of Biratnagar has
Telecommunications have been affected as the windstorm has snapped telephone lines in a number of places.
According to the district agriculture development offices of Sunsari and Morang, gales have also caused a huge damage to the crops and fruit cultivations including Mango and banana