Smriti coordinating rescue: 5 bodies recovered

New Delhi: Five bodies have been recovered so far after the hectic search for the 24 engineering students from Hyderabad who were washed away in River Beas near Thalot on Sunday evening.

Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani who rushed to the spot, said, “I have been told that a probe has been ordered. We will reach a conclusion after the probe comes to an end.”

There have been conflicting reports on whether the flood gates of the dam was opened suddenly without adequate warning, or whether the students ignored the warning by the locals.

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


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