Two more bodies fished out of Beas river : Mandi

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The search operation to find the missing engineering students from Hyderabad, entered into fourth day on today.

The rescuers today pulled out two more bodies, out of which one of the deceased was identified as T Upendra by his parents, said Mr. R.S. Negi, SP, Mandi.

Till now, bodies of 8 of the 24 students, have been recovered. A tour operator, who was with the students, is also missing.

A case of negligence has already been registered against the authorities of the Larji hydro power project in connection with the incident.

24 engineering students from Hyderabad, who were part of a group of students on a tour, and a tour guide were washed away in the Beas river last Sunday when water was released into the river from the Larji hydroelectric power project.

The rescuer group, meanwhile, continue to search for the 17 missing persons including 16 students.

Due to melting of snow in the higher hills, the discharge of water in the Beas has increased and more than 550 rescue workers from various agencies are engaged in the massive search operations under the supervision of the National Disaster Response Force.

Mr. Jaideep Singh, commanding officer NDRF said, “Intensive search operation are on along 20 km stretch of river Beas from Thalot (the accident spot) to Pandoh Dam but the river is full of boulders and silt level is high. The bodies are either trapped under boulders or sunk in the silt and we are searching every boulder.”

It is expected by the search teams that the swollen bodies should come to the surface by Thursday but chances of survival of the missing persons are nil.

Four bodies which were recovered on Monday were flown to Hyderabad and cremated on Tuesday, while the fifth body of Devashish Bose was flown to Hyderabad on Tuesday evening.

Officials said that Beas being a snow-fed river, the water level increases as the day advances and reaches its peak at night.

However, the discharge of water is minimum during the morning hours and search operations becomes comparatively easy.

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