Rescue operation still on to search the bodies of washed away students in beas in himachal
All help promised by HRD Minister Smriti
HRD Minister of India Smriti Z Irani spoke to Technical Education Minister of Himachal G S Bali late last night in conection with the tragic incident of the washing away of 26 B.Tech students from Hyderabad in River Beas in district Mandi on Sunday. Smt Irani also spoke to the members of the faculty who was at the accident site.Smriti said that she was assured by the Tehsildar Sadar Mandi that medical aid has been provided. She said on twitter,”I have also spoken to the Principal of the collage and assured him of the co opration . our prayers are with the families in this hour of need .”
“I am deeply pained over the tragic incident of engineering students getting drowned in a flash flood in Himachal Pradesh,” home minister Rajnath Singh said on his official Twitter account.
Chief Minister of himachal Vir Bhadra Singh said,”Shocked and saddened to learn about 24 Hydrabad students washing away in beas.”
It is learnt that altogether 38 students from VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Hyderabad, were on the riverbank when the water level rose after discharge from a reservoir of the 126 MW Larji hydel power project around 2km away.
“The students had stopped to take photographs on the edge of the Beas at 7.30pm when water released from a dam washed them downstream,” Himachal Pradesh transport minister GS Bali said.
Rescue workers on Monday morning recovered two bodies from Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi district, while the fate of 22 others washed away in the flooded Beas river is still not known, an official said. With this the death toll in Saturday’s accident rose to two, deputy additional district Magistrate Pankaj Rai said.where as another official said that Rescue workers on Monday morning recovered five bodies from Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi district, while the fate of 22 others washed away in the flooded Beas river is still not known.
Over two dozen B.Tech students from Hyderabad were on a trip to Kullu-Manali were 24 of them feared to have been washed away in a flash flood in the river Beas on Sunday after authorities of Larji hydelpower project opened the floodgates of the project’s dam, reportedly without warning. At least 24 students, including six girls, of the V.N.R. 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.
The Students of Vigyan Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bachuapalli, located around 20 km from Hyderabad were on an excursion tour. 26 of them started from Shimla on Sunday morning for Kullu-Manali.The power project’s floodgates were opened around 6.30 pm and, minutes later, the students were washed away.
The government admitted that the authorities did not follow the right protocol on use of hooters and other warning signals on the release of the water from the hydel project.
Reports said the students were in a large group of 50, including staff, and travelling in two tourist buses. Few of them had gone down to the river to bathe and take photographs near Thalout on the Kullu-Mandi national highway.