Five bodies found in Himachal river, 19 still missing

June 11, 2014 - 12:00:00 am
Relatives including the mother and brother of Gampala Aishwarya, who drowned after water was released from a dam in northern Himachal Pradesh state, mourn as they observe last rites at their residence in Hyderabad yesterday.

Shimla: Five bodies of students were found in Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi district while the fate of 19 others who were washed away in Beas river that saw a flash-flood after the release of water from a hydropower project is still not known, an official said.

The toll in Sunday’s accident has risen to five, Additional Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Rai said over phone Monday.

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

The accident spot is located some 200km from state capital Shimla and on the border of Kullu and Mandi districts. 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. IANS