Thursday, 12 June 2014

Manali dam disaster: Two more bodies recovered from Beas; 13 students still missing

Two more bodies of engineering students from Hyderabad were retrieved on Thursday from the Beas river in Himachal Pradesh as the search operations gained momentum with 15 Indian Navy divers helping out.

The victims were identified as T Upendra and Gomoor Arvind Kumar by their parents, Superintendent of Police Mandi R S Negi said. The bodies were trapped in rocks and rescue teams had a tough time retrieving them, he said.

With this, the number of bodies recovered during the last four days has risen to eight, while efforts continue to trace the remaining sixteen students and a co-tour leader.

The bodies of five boys and three girls have been recovered so far and 13 boys and three girls are missing.

Meanwhile, 15 divers of the Navy joined the rescue team and an unmanned aerial vehicle has also been deployed to accelerate the search operations.

With the melting of snow in higher hills, the discharge of water in the river has increased and over 550 rescue workers from various agencies under the supervision of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are already engaged in the massive search operations.

National Disaster Management Authority vice chairman M Shashidhar Reddy, who reached the accident site to oversee the rescue operations, said that two more bodies were recovered from the river today.

"Our divers are facing the problem of poor visibility, the river bed is full of silt and huge boulders and rock are acting as impediments and it is only through 'feel' that the bodies are being recognised," Reddy said.

"The underwater camera did not make much success (due to muddy water) and now we are going to deploy a UAE (unmanned aerial vehicle) that will continuously recce the entire area of operation," he added.

Thursday 12 June 2014


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