The toll in Sunday's accident has risen to five, Additional Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Rai said on Monday.

Rai said one of the bodies was recovered from Pandoh dam, whose floodgates were closed after the mishap. The dam is some 15 km downstream from the accident spot.

The chances of survival of other students were bleak, officials added.

The sightseeing trip to Himachal Pradesh turned tragic for the students, who were taking photographs at the bank of the river, when they were swept away by gushing waters of Beas as discharge of water suddenly increased following its release from the reservoir of 126 MW Larji hydropower project.

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At least 24 students, including six girls of the VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Hyderabad, were reported missing.

More than 60 students and faculty members were on an excursion to the picturesque tourist resort of Manali.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh reached the accident spot to oversee the rescue operation and has ordered a probe by Divisional Commissioner Onkar Sharma into the release of water by the project authorities without a warning, said a government spokesperson.

The Chief Minister has also ordered the suspension of erring resident engineer of the 126 MW Larji hydropower project being run by the state electricity board. A case of negligence has been registered.

A team of the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF), headed by Commandant Jaideep Singh, is likely to reach the spot by noon, official sources said.

The NDRF team, which comprises 72 people, were dispatched from Delhi.

(JPN/Agencies)

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Himachal mishap: Bodies of five students recovered, search continues for others

 

Shimla: Rescue workers on Monday morning recovered bodies of five students from Himachal Pradesh’s Beas River near Thalot on Manali-Kiratpur Highway, while the fate of 19 others, who were washed away on Sunday evening, is still not known, an official said.

The toll in Sunday's accident has risen to five, Additional Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Rai said on Monday.

Rai said one of the bodies was recovered from Pandoh dam, whose floodgates were closed after the mishap. The dam is some 15 km downstream from the accident spot.

The chances of survival of other students were bleak, officials added.

The sightseeing trip to Himachal Pradesh turned tragic for the students, who were taking photographs at the bank of the river, when they were swept away by gushing waters of Beas as discharge of water suddenly increased following its release from the reservoir of 126 MW Larji hydropower project.

 

At least 24 students, including six girls of the VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Hyderabad, were reported missing.

 

More than 60 students and faculty members were on an excursion to the picturesque tourist resort of Manali.

 

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh reached the accident spot to oversee the rescue operation and has ordered a probe by Divisional Commissioner Onkar Sharma into the release of water by the project authorities without a warning, said a government spokesperson.

 

The Chief Minister has also ordered the suspension of erring resident engineer of the 126 MW Larji hydropower project being run by the state electricity board. A case of negligence has been registered.

 

A team of the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF), headed by Commandant Jaideep Singh, is likely to reach the spot by noon, official sources said.

 

The NDRF team comprises 72 people were dispatched from Delhi.