Telangana home minister leaves for Himachal

Telangana home minister leaves for Himachal

Students who went missing in a river following a flash-flood.

The minister reached New Delhi, from where he will fly to Kullu to personally see the rescue operations for 24 students of a Hyderabad-based engineering college.

Information Technology Minister K. Tarakarama Rao said they received information that the authorities in Himachal recovered three bodies.

He said a control room was opened in the office of Hyderabad district collector to provide information about the tragedy.

"The government will make necessary arrangements to take parents of the missing children to Himachal Pradesh. We will also arrange a flight to bring the bodies of the students," he said.

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has also offered to send the parents of the missing students to Himachal by a special flight.

Naidu reviewed the situation arising out of the tragedy. He directed cabinet minister Narayana and IAS official Satish Chandra to go to Himachal to monitor rescue and relief work.

5 bodies recovered, massive search on for others

Rescue workers on Monday morning recovered five bodies from Himachal Pradesh's Mandi district several hours after 26 people, most of them students, were washed away by the Beas river when engineers at Larji hydropower plant allegedly discharged water into the river without warning.

“Have recovered 5 bodies till now, the volume of water is making operation a bit tough,” Sanjeev, a senior Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) official said.

With this, the death toll in Saturday's accident has risen to five, according to Deputy Additional District Magistrate Pankaj Rai. Though the rescue operation is in full swing, the fate of others washed away in the flooded Beas river is still not known.

State's Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is expected to reach the mishap site in a short while to take stock of the situation. At least 24 students of the VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Hyderabad, including six girls, one teacher and a tour manager, were washed away by the Beas river after its water level suddenly increased, and chances of their survival are bleak.

More than 60 students and faculty members, split in two groups, were on an excursion to the picturesque tourist resort of Manali. Some of them were getting themselves photographed on the banks of the river in Thalaut area near the Hanogi Mata temple when they were reportedly washed away as the flow in the river suddenly increased without prior warning.

The Seema Suraksha Bal, which is involved in the rescue operation, has retrieved two bodies out of the Pandoh dam this morning. The missing include 24 students, one faculty member and a tour manager. Search operations for the missing people is currently underway.

Meanwhile, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has ordered a probe and suspended the erring resident engineer of the 126 MW Larji hydropower project being run by the state electricity board. A case of negligence has also been registered.

Telangana Home Minister Naini Narsimha Reddy and a police team are leaving for Himachal Pradesh after the tragedy. Reddy will be leaving for HP upon instructions from Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.

"Telangana DGP Anurag Sharma and Cyberabad Police Commissioner CV Anand are in touch with top police officials of Himachal Pradesh," Assistant Commissioner of Police (Petbasheerabad Division) M Srinivasa Rao said.

"A group of 48 students studying II-nd year Electronics and Instrumentation at a city-based private engineering college were on a study tour of HP when the tragedy struck them this evening," Srinivasa Rao said. The study tour had started from June 3, he added.

Srinivasa Rao spoke to one of the students of the group and quoted him as saying that "the incident occurred as a group of around 25 students, including seven girls, were taking photographs near the river bank when there was a sudden gush of water in which they were feared to have been washed away. We are in constant touch with some other students who had gone on the trip. I have been informed that it was a 10-day tour," the ACP said.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu also expressed shock and anguish over the incident. Naidu is also reported to have requested the Himachal Pradesh government to expedite relief and rescue operations.

Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), which include deep water divers, have reached the spot to help with rescue operations.

The NDRF teams, comprising 84 personnel, have been dispatched following a directive from Home Minister Rajnath Singh, a Home Ministry official said.

Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani is due to visit the site of tragedy in Kullu in a short while. Expressing her grave concern over the tragic incident in Himachal Pradesh, the Union HRD Minister today assured the state of all possible assistance from the Centre.

Irani assured the state Education Ministry, held by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, “of all assistance and support required from the Centre,” a statement released by the HRD ministry said.

Meanwhile, the Himachal Pradesh authorities have issued helpline numbers through which latest information related to the rescue operation and the survivors can be obtained.

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