June 9, 2014 | By Parmjeet Singh
Mandi, Himachal Pradesh (June 09, 2014): According to recent information the rescue teams recovered two bodies of Students from Beas river at Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi district while the fate of 22 others is still not known.
With this the death toll in Saturday’s accident rose to two, deputy additional district magistrate Pankaj Rai reportedly told media persons.
According to Hindustan Times (HT) [a]t least 24 students, including six girls, of the VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Hyderabad were reported missing after strong currents in the mighty Beas river washed them away. Their chances of survival of the rest of them were bleak, officials said.
More than 60 students and faculty members were on an excursion to the picturesque tourist resort of Manali.
Some of them were getting themselves photographed on the banks of the river in Thalaut area near the Hanogi Mata temple when they were reportedly washed away when the water level rose after discharge from a reservoir of the 126 MW Larji hydel power project around 2km away.
The incident took place in Thalaut on Manali-Kiratpur Highway, 40km from district headquarters Mandi. A massive search operation was launched to track the students, but there was no success due to darkness.
A local official blamed the surge of water on the hydroelectric power plant for the tragedy.
“The water was released by the Larji power project dam,” AFP quoted senior state official Rakesh Kanwar as saying.
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