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Beas river tragedy: See pics taken moments before mishap that washed away 24 VJIT students

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Five bodies have been found, 19 students are still missing in Himachal Pradesh's Beas river mishap.
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    Shimla/Mandi (Himachal Pradesh): Five bodies of engineering students from Hyderabad 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 on Sunday evening after the release of water from a hydropower project is still unknown.
    The sightseeing trip to Himachal Pradesh turned tragic for the tourists when the students, including some girls who were taking photographs at the bank of the river, were swept away by gushing waters of Beas as discharge of water suddenly increased following its release from the reservoir of 126 MW Larji hydropower project.
    The toll in Sunday's accident has risen to five, said Additional Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Rai adding that the bodies was recovered from Pandoh dam, whose floodgates were closed after the accident. The chances of survival of the students were bleak, he said.
    The dam is some 15 km downstream from the accident spot.
    The accident spot is located some 200 km from state capital Shimla and on the border of Kullu and Mandi districts.
    At least 24 students, including six girls of the VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Hyderabad, were reported missing after strong currents in the mighty Beas river washed them away.
    The discharge of water increased suddenly and caught everyone unawares as the Project authorities released the water apparently without any warning.
    Enraged people blocked the national highway after the incident.
    Massive search operations are underway to trace the missing students. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has reached Panoh Dam area and rescue mission has been started. The operation is being undertaken in coordination with the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
    Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh reached the accident spot to oversee the rescue operation. Singh ordered a probe by Divisional Commissioner Onkar Sharma into the release of water by the project authorities without a warning.
    Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani also reached the accident spot on Monday. She has assured all possible assistance to the state from the centre in the rescue operation.
    "I have also spoken to the principal of the college and assured him of cooperation. Our prayers are with the families in this hour of need," she wrote on Twitter.
    Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju is scheduled to visit Manali to oversee the search for the missing students. Steps are being taken to facilitate airlifting of parents of the victims to Kullu-Manali.

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    Shimla/Mandi (Himachal Pradesh): Five bodies of engineering students from Hyderabad 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 on Sunday evening after the release of water from a hydropower project is still unknown.
    The sightseeing trip to Himachal Pradesh turned tragic for the tourists when the students, including some girls who were taking photographs at the bank of the river, were swept away by gushing waters of Beas as discharge of water suddenly increased following its release from the reservoir of 126 MW Larji hydropower project.
    The toll in Sunday's accident has risen to five, said Additional Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Rai adding that the bodies was recovered from Pandoh dam, whose floodgates were closed after the accident. The chances of survival of the students were bleak, he said.
    The dam is some 15 km downstream from the accident spot.
    The accident spot is located some 200 km from state capital Shimla and on the border of Kullu and Mandi districts.
    At least 24 students, including six girls of the VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Hyderabad, were reported missing after strong currents in the mighty Beas river washed them away.
    The discharge of water increased suddenly and caught everyone unawares as the Project authorities released the water apparently without any warning.
    Enraged people blocked the national highway after the incident.
    Massive search operations are underway to trace the missing students. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has reached Panoh Dam area and rescue mission has been started. The operation is being undertaken in coordination with the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
    Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh reached the accident spot to oversee the rescue operation. Singh ordered a probe by Divisional Commissioner Onkar Sharma into the release of water by the project authorities without a warning.
    Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani also reached the accident spot on Monday. She has assured all possible assistance to the state from the centre in the rescue operation.
    "I have also spoken to the principal of the college and assured him of cooperation. Our prayers are with the families in this hour of need," she wrote on Twitter.
    Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju is scheduled to visit Manali to oversee the search for the missing students. Steps are being taken to facilitate airlifting of parents of the victims to Kullu-Manali.

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    Shimla/Mandi (Himachal Pradesh): Five bodies of engineering students from Hyderabad 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 on Sunday evening after the release of water from a hydropower project is still unknown.
    The sightseeing trip to Himachal Pradesh turned tragic for the tourists when the students, including some girls who were taking photographs at the bank of the river, were swept away by gushing waters of Beas as discharge of water suddenly increased following its release from the reservoir of 126 MW Larji hydropower project.
    The toll in Sunday's accident has risen to five, said Additional Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Rai adding that the bodies was recovered from Pandoh dam, whose floodgates were closed after the accident. The chances of survival of the students were bleak, he said.
    The dam is some 15 km downstream from the accident spot.
    The accident spot is located some 200 km from state capital Shimla and on the border of Kullu and Mandi districts.
    At least 24 students, including six girls of the VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Hyderabad, were reported missing after strong currents in the mighty Beas river washed them away.
    The discharge of water increased suddenly and caught everyone unawares as the Project authorities released the water apparently without any warning.
    Enraged people blocked the national highway after the incident.
    Massive search operations are underway to trace the missing students. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has reached Panoh Dam area and rescue mission has been started. The operation is being undertaken in coordination with the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
    Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh reached the accident spot to oversee the rescue operation. Singh ordered a probe by Divisional Commissioner Onkar Sharma into the release of water by the project authorities without a warning.
    Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani also reached the accident spot on Monday. She has assured all possible assistance to the state from the centre in the rescue operation.
    "I have also spoken to the principal of the college and assured him of cooperation. Our prayers are with the families in this hour of need," she wrote on Twitter.
    Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju is scheduled to visit Manali to oversee the search for the missing students. Steps are being taken to facilitate airlifting of parents of the victims to Kullu-Manali.

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    Shimla/Mandi (Himachal Pradesh): Five bodies of engineering students from Hyderabad 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 on Sunday evening after the release of water from a hydropower project is still unknown.
    The sightseeing trip to Himachal Pradesh turned tragic for the tourists when the students, including some girls who were taking photographs at the bank of the river, were swept away by gushing waters of Beas as discharge of water suddenly increased following its release from the reservoir of 126 MW Larji hydropower project.
    The toll in Sunday's accident has risen to five, said Additional Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Rai adding that the bodies was recovered from Pandoh dam, whose floodgates were closed after the accident. The chances of survival of the students were bleak, he said.
    The dam is some 15 km downstream from the accident spot.
    The accident spot is located some 200 km from state capital Shimla and on the border of Kullu and Mandi districts.
    At least 24 students, including six girls of the VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Hyderabad, were reported missing after strong currents in the mighty Beas river washed them away.
    The discharge of water increased suddenly and caught everyone unawares as the Project authorities released the water apparently without any warning.
    Enraged people blocked the national highway after the incident.
    Massive search operations are underway to trace the missing students. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has reached Panoh Dam area and rescue mission has been started. The operation is being undertaken in coordination with the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
    Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh reached the accident spot to oversee the rescue operation. Singh ordered a probe by Divisional Commissioner Onkar Sharma into the release of water by the project authorities without a warning.
    Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani also reached the accident spot on Monday. She has assured all possible assistance to the state from the centre in the rescue operation.
    "I have also spoken to the principal of the college and assured him of cooperation. Our prayers are with the families in this hour of need," she wrote on Twitter.
    Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju is scheduled to visit Manali to oversee the search for the missing students. Steps are being taken to facilitate airlifting of parents of the victims to Kullu-Manali.

    Click on NEXT to see more photos...
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    Shimla/Mandi (Himachal Pradesh): Five bodies of engineering students from Hyderabad 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 on Sunday evening after the release of water from a hydropower project is still unknown.
    The sightseeing trip to Himachal Pradesh turned tragic for the tourists when the students, including some girls who were taking photographs at the bank of the river, were swept away by gushing waters of Beas as discharge of water suddenly increased following its release from the reservoir of 126 MW Larji hydropower project.
    The toll in Sunday's accident has risen to five, said Additional Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Rai adding that the bodies was recovered from Pandoh dam, whose floodgates were closed after the accident. The chances of survival of the students were bleak, he said.
    The dam is some 15 km downstream from the accident spot.
    The accident spot is located some 200 km from state capital Shimla and on the border of Kullu and Mandi districts.
    At least 24 students, including six girls of the VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Hyderabad, were reported missing after strong currents in the mighty Beas river washed them away.
    The discharge of water increased suddenly and caught everyone unawares as the Project authorities released the water apparently without any warning.
    Enraged people blocked the national highway after the incident.
    Massive search operations are underway to trace the missing students. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has reached Panoh Dam area and rescue mission has been started. The operation is being undertaken in coordination with the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
    Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh reached the accident spot to oversee the rescue operation. Singh ordered a probe by Divisional Commissioner Onkar Sharma into the release of water by the project authorities without a warning.
    Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani also reached the accident spot on Monday. She has assured all possible assistance to the state from the centre in the rescue operation.
    "I have also spoken to the principal of the college and assured him of cooperation. Our prayers are with the families in this hour of need," she wrote on Twitter.
    Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju is scheduled to visit Manali to oversee the search for the missing students. Steps are being taken to facilitate airlifting of parents of the victims to Kullu-Manali.

    Click on NEXT to see more photos...
  • +15 See more slides
    Shimla/Mandi (Himachal Pradesh): Five bodies of engineering students from Hyderabad 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 on Sunday evening after the release of water from a hydropower project is still unknown.
    The sightseeing trip to Himachal Pradesh turned tragic for the tourists when the students, including some girls who were taking photographs at the bank of the river, were swept away by gushing waters of Beas as discharge of water suddenly increased following its release from the reservoir of 126 MW Larji hydropower project.
    The toll in Sunday's accident has risen to five, said Additional Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Rai adding that the bodies was recovered from Pandoh dam, whose floodgates were closed after the accident. The chances of survival of the students were bleak, he said.
    The dam is some 15 km downstream from the accident spot.
    The accident spot is located some 200 km from state capital Shimla and on the border of Kullu and Mandi districts.
    At least 24 students, including six girls of the VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Hyderabad, were reported missing after strong currents in the mighty Beas river washed them away.
    The discharge of water increased suddenly and caught everyone unawares as the Project authorities released the water apparently without any warning.
    Enraged people blocked the national highway after the incident.
    Massive search operations are underway to trace the missing students. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has reached Panoh Dam area and rescue mission has been started. The operation is being undertaken in coordination with the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
    Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh reached the accident spot to oversee the rescue operation. Singh ordered a probe by Divisional Commissioner Onkar Sharma into the release of water by the project authorities without a warning.
    Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani also reached the accident spot on Monday. She has assured all possible assistance to the state from the centre in the rescue operation.
    "I have also spoken to the principal of the college and assured him of cooperation. Our prayers are with the families in this hour of need," she wrote on Twitter.
    Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju is scheduled to visit Manali to oversee the search for the missing students. Steps are being taken to facilitate airlifting of parents of the victims to Kullu-Manali.

    Click on NEXT to see more photos...
  • +15 See more slides
    Shimla/Mandi (Himachal Pradesh): Five bodies of engineering students from Hyderabad 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 on Sunday evening after the release of water from a hydropower project is still unknown.
    The sightseeing trip to Himachal Pradesh turned tragic for the tourists when the students, including some girls who were taking photographs at the bank of the river, were swept away by gushing waters of Beas as discharge of water suddenly increased following its release from the reservoir of 126 MW Larji hydropower project.
    The toll in Sunday's accident has risen to five, said Additional Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Rai adding that the bodies was recovered from Pandoh dam, whose floodgates were closed after the accident. The chances of survival of the students were bleak, he said.
    The dam is some 15 km downstream from the accident spot.
    The accident spot is located some 200 km from state capital Shimla and on the border of Kullu and Mandi districts.
    At least 24 students, including six girls of the VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Hyderabad, were reported missing after strong currents in the mighty Beas river washed them away.
    The discharge of water increased suddenly and caught everyone unawares as the Project authorities released the water apparently without any warning.
    Enraged people blocked the national highway after the incident.
    Massive search operations are underway to trace the missing students. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has reached Panoh Dam area and rescue mission has been started. The operation is being undertaken in coordination with the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
    Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh reached the accident spot to oversee the rescue operation. Singh ordered a probe by Divisional Commissioner Onkar Sharma into the release of water by the project authorities without a warning.
    Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani also reached the accident spot on Monday. She has assured all possible assistance to the state from the centre in the rescue operation.
    "I have also spoken to the principal of the college and assured him of cooperation. Our prayers are with the families in this hour of need," she wrote on Twitter.
    Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju is scheduled to visit Manali to oversee the search for the missing students. Steps are being taken to facilitate airlifting of parents of the victims to Kullu-Manali.

    Click on NEXT to see more photos...
  • +15 See more slides
    Shimla/Mandi (Himachal Pradesh): Five bodies of engineering students from Hyderabad 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 on Sunday evening after the release of water from a hydropower project is still unknown.
    The sightseeing trip to Himachal Pradesh turned tragic for the tourists when the students, including some girls who were taking photographs at the bank of the river, were swept away by gushing waters of Beas as discharge of water suddenly increased following its release from the reservoir of 126 MW Larji hydropower project.
    The toll in Sunday's accident has risen to five, said Additional Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Rai adding that the bodies was recovered from Pandoh dam, whose floodgates were closed after the accident. The chances of survival of the students were bleak, he said.
    The dam is some 15 km downstream from the accident spot.
    The accident spot is located some 200 km from state capital Shimla and on the border of Kullu and Mandi districts.
    At least 24 students, including six girls of the VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Hyderabad, were reported missing after strong currents in the mighty Beas river washed them away.
    The discharge of water increased suddenly and caught everyone unawares as the Project authorities released the water apparently without any warning.
    Enraged people blocked the national highway after the incident.
    Massive search operations are underway to trace the missing students. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has reached Panoh Dam area and rescue mission has been started. The operation is being undertaken in coordination with the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
    Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh reached the accident spot to oversee the rescue operation. Singh ordered a probe by Divisional Commissioner Onkar Sharma into the release of water by the project authorities without a warning.
    Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani also reached the accident spot on Monday. She has assured all possible assistance to the state from the centre in the rescue operation.
    "I have also spoken to the principal of the college and assured him of cooperation. Our prayers are with the families in this hour of need," she wrote on Twitter.
    Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju is scheduled to visit Manali to oversee the search for the missing students. Steps are being taken to facilitate airlifting of parents of the victims to Kullu-Manali.

    Click on NEXT to see more photos...
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    Shimla/Mandi (Himachal Pradesh): Five bodies of engineering students from Hyderabad 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 on Sunday evening after the release of water from a hydropower project is still unknown.
    The sightseeing trip to Himachal Pradesh turned tragic for the tourists when the students, including some girls who were taking photographs at the bank of the river, were swept away by gushing waters of Beas as discharge of water suddenly increased following its release from the reservoir of 126 MW Larji hydropower project.
    The toll in Sunday's accident has risen to five, said Additional Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Rai adding that the bodies was recovered from Pandoh dam, whose floodgates were closed after the accident. The chances of survival of the students were bleak, he said.
    The dam is some 15 km downstream from the accident spot.
    The accident spot is located some 200 km from state capital Shimla and on the border of Kullu and Mandi districts.
    At least 24 students, including six girls of the VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Hyderabad, were reported missing after strong currents in the mighty Beas river washed them away.
    The discharge of water increased suddenly and caught everyone unawares as the Project authorities released the water apparently without any warning.
    Enraged people blocked the national highway after the incident.
    Massive search operations are underway to trace the missing students. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has reached Panoh Dam area and rescue mission has been started. The operation is being undertaken in coordination with the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
    Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh reached the accident spot to oversee the rescue operation. Singh ordered a probe by Divisional Commissioner Onkar Sharma into the release of water by the project authorities without a warning.
    Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani also reached the accident spot on Monday. She has assured all possible assistance to the state from the centre in the rescue operation.
    "I have also spoken to the principal of the college and assured him of cooperation. Our prayers are with the families in this hour of need," she wrote on Twitter.
    Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju is scheduled to visit Manali to oversee the search for the missing students. Steps are being taken to facilitate airlifting of parents of the victims to Kullu-Manali.

    Click on NEXT to see more photos...
  • +15 See more slides
    Shimla/Mandi (Himachal Pradesh): Five bodies of engineering students from Hyderabad 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 on Sunday evening after the release of water from a hydropower project is still unknown.
    The sightseeing trip to Himachal Pradesh turned tragic for the tourists when the students, including some girls who were taking photographs at the bank of the river, were swept away by gushing waters of Beas as discharge of water suddenly increased following its release from the reservoir of 126 MW Larji hydropower project.
    The toll in Sunday's accident has risen to five, said Additional Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Rai adding that the bodies was recovered from Pandoh dam, whose floodgates were closed after the accident. The chances of survival of the students were bleak, he said.
    The dam is some 15 km downstream from the accident spot.
    The accident spot is located some 200 km from state capital Shimla and on the border of Kullu and Mandi districts.
    At least 24 students, including six girls of the VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Hyderabad, were reported missing after strong currents in the mighty Beas river washed them away.
    The discharge of water increased suddenly and caught everyone unawares as the Project authorities released the water apparently without any warning.
    Enraged people blocked the national highway after the incident.
    Massive search operations are underway to trace the missing students. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has reached Panoh Dam area and rescue mission has been started. The operation is being undertaken in coordination with the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
    Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh reached the accident spot to oversee the rescue operation. Singh ordered a probe by Divisional Commissioner Onkar Sharma into the release of water by the project authorities without a warning.
    Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani also reached the accident spot on Monday. She has assured all possible assistance to the state from the centre in the rescue operation.
    "I have also spoken to the principal of the college and assured him of cooperation. Our prayers are with the families in this hour of need," she wrote on Twitter.
    Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju is scheduled to visit Manali to oversee the search for the missing students. Steps are being taken to facilitate airlifting of parents of the victims to Kullu-Manali.

    Click on NEXT to see more photos...
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    Shimla/Mandi (Himachal Pradesh): Five bodies of engineering students from Hyderabad 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 on Sunday evening after the release of water from a hydropower project is still unknown.
    The sightseeing trip to Himachal Pradesh turned tragic for the tourists when the students, including some girls who were taking photographs at the bank of the river, were swept away by gushing waters of Beas as discharge of water suddenly increased following its release from the reservoir of 126 MW Larji hydropower project.
    The toll in Sunday's accident has risen to five, said Additional Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Rai adding that the bodies was recovered from Pandoh dam, whose floodgates were closed after the accident. The chances of survival of the students were bleak, he said.
    The dam is some 15 km downstream from the accident spot.
    The accident spot is located some 200 km from state capital Shimla and on the border of Kullu and Mandi districts.
    At least 24 students, including six girls of the VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Hyderabad, were reported missing after strong currents in the mighty Beas river washed them away.
    The discharge of water increased suddenly and caught everyone unawares as the Project authorities released the water apparently without any warning.
    Enraged people blocked the national highway after the incident.
    Massive search operations are underway to trace the missing students. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has reached Panoh Dam area and rescue mission has been started. The operation is being undertaken in coordination with the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
    Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh reached the accident spot to oversee the rescue operation. Singh ordered a probe by Divisional Commissioner Onkar Sharma into the release of water by the project authorities without a warning.
    Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani also reached the accident spot on Monday. She has assured all possible assistance to the state from the centre in the rescue operation.
    "I have also spoken to the principal of the college and assured him of cooperation. Our prayers are with the families in this hour of need," she wrote on Twitter.
    Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju is scheduled to visit Manali to oversee the search for the missing students. Steps are being taken to facilitate airlifting of parents of the victims to Kullu-Manali.

    Click on NEXT to see more photos...
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    Shimla/Mandi (Himachal Pradesh): Five bodies of engineering students from Hyderabad 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 on Sunday evening after the release of water from a hydropower project is still unknown.
    The sightseeing trip to Himachal Pradesh turned tragic for the tourists when the students, including some girls who were taking photographs at the bank of the river, were swept away by gushing waters of Beas as discharge of water suddenly increased following its release from the reservoir of 126 MW Larji hydropower project.
    The toll in Sunday's accident has risen to five, said Additional Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Rai adding that the bodies was recovered from Pandoh dam, whose floodgates were closed after the accident. The chances of survival of the students were bleak, he said.
    The dam is some 15 km downstream from the accident spot.
    The accident spot is located some 200 km from state capital Shimla and on the border of Kullu and Mandi districts.
    At least 24 students, including six girls of the VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Hyderabad, were reported missing after strong currents in the mighty Beas river washed them away.
    The discharge of water increased suddenly and caught everyone unawares as the Project authorities released the water apparently without any warning.
    Enraged people blocked the national highway after the incident.
    Massive search operations are underway to trace the missing students. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has reached Panoh Dam area and rescue mission has been started. The operation is being undertaken in coordination with the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
    Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh reached the accident spot to oversee the rescue operation. Singh ordered a probe by Divisional Commissioner Onkar Sharma into the release of water by the project authorities without a warning.
    Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani also reached the accident spot on Monday. She has assured all possible assistance to the state from the centre in the rescue operation.
    "I have also spoken to the principal of the college and assured him of cooperation. Our prayers are with the families in this hour of need," she wrote on Twitter.
    Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju is scheduled to visit Manali to oversee the search for the missing students. Steps are being taken to facilitate airlifting of parents of the victims to Kullu-Manali.

    Click on NEXT to see more photos...
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    Shimla/Mandi (Himachal Pradesh): Five bodies of engineering students from Hyderabad 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 on Sunday evening after the release of water from a hydropower project is still unknown.
    The sightseeing trip to Himachal Pradesh turned tragic for the tourists when the students, including some girls who were taking photographs at the bank of the river, were swept away by gushing waters of Beas as discharge of water suddenly increased following its release from the reservoir of 126 MW Larji hydropower project.
    The toll in Sunday's accident has risen to five, said Additional Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Rai adding that the bodies was recovered from Pandoh dam, whose floodgates were closed after the accident. The chances of survival of the students were bleak, he said.
    The dam is some 15 km downstream from the accident spot.
    The accident spot is located some 200 km from state capital Shimla and on the border of Kullu and Mandi districts.
    At least 24 students, including six girls of the VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Hyderabad, were reported missing after strong currents in the mighty Beas river washed them away.
    The discharge of water increased suddenly and caught everyone unawares as the Project authorities released the water apparently without any warning.
    Enraged people blocked the national highway after the incident.
    Massive search operations are underway to trace the missing students. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has reached Panoh Dam area and rescue mission has been started. The operation is being undertaken in coordination with the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
    Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh reached the accident spot to oversee the rescue operation. Singh ordered a probe by Divisional Commissioner Onkar Sharma into the release of water by the project authorities without a warning.
    Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani also reached the accident spot on Monday. She has assured all possible assistance to the state from the centre in the rescue operation.
    "I have also spoken to the principal of the college and assured him of cooperation. Our prayers are with the families in this hour of need," she wrote on Twitter.
    Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju is scheduled to visit Manali to oversee the search for the missing students. Steps are being taken to facilitate airlifting of parents of the victims to Kullu-Manali.

    Click on NEXT to see more photos...
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    Shimla/Mandi (Himachal Pradesh): Five bodies of engineering students from Hyderabad 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 on Sunday evening after the release of water from a hydropower project is still unknown.
    The sightseeing trip to Himachal Pradesh turned tragic for the tourists when the students, including some girls who were taking photographs at the bank of the river, were swept away by gushing waters of Beas as discharge of water suddenly increased following its release from the reservoir of 126 MW Larji hydropower project.
    The toll in Sunday's accident has risen to five, said Additional Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Rai adding that the bodies was recovered from Pandoh dam, whose floodgates were closed after the accident. The chances of survival of the students were bleak, he said.
    The dam is some 15 km downstream from the accident spot.
    The accident spot is located some 200 km from state capital Shimla and on the border of Kullu and Mandi districts.
    At least 24 students, including six girls of the VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Hyderabad, were reported missing after strong currents in the mighty Beas river washed them away.
    The discharge of water increased suddenly and caught everyone unawares as the Project authorities released the water apparently without any warning.
    Enraged people blocked the national highway after the incident.
    Massive search operations are underway to trace the missing students. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has reached Panoh Dam area and rescue mission has been started. The operation is being undertaken in coordination with the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
    Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh reached the accident spot to oversee the rescue operation. Singh ordered a probe by Divisional Commissioner Onkar Sharma into the release of water by the project authorities without a warning.
    Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani also reached the accident spot on Monday. She has assured all possible assistance to the state from the centre in the rescue operation.
    "I have also spoken to the principal of the college and assured him of cooperation. Our prayers are with the families in this hour of need," she wrote on Twitter.
    Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju is scheduled to visit Manali to oversee the search for the missing students. Steps are being taken to facilitate airlifting of parents of the victims to Kullu-Manali.

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    Shimla/Mandi (Himachal Pradesh): Five bodies of engineering students from Hyderabad 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 on Sunday evening after the release of water from a hydropower project is still unknown.
    The sightseeing trip to Himachal Pradesh turned tragic for the tourists when the students, including some girls who were taking photographs at the bank of the river, were swept away by gushing waters of Beas as discharge of water suddenly increased following its release from the reservoir of 126 MW Larji hydropower project.
    The toll in Sunday's accident has risen to five, said Additional Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Rai adding that the bodies was recovered from Pandoh dam, whose floodgates were closed after the accident. The chances of survival of the students were bleak, he said.
    The dam is some 15 km downstream from the accident spot.
    The accident spot is located some 200 km from state capital Shimla and on the border of Kullu and Mandi districts.
    At least 24 students, including six girls of the VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Hyderabad, were reported missing after strong currents in the mighty Beas river washed them away.
    The discharge of water increased suddenly and caught everyone unawares as the Project authorities released the water apparently without any warning.
    Enraged people blocked the national highway after the incident.
    Massive search operations are underway to trace the missing students. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has reached Panoh Dam area and rescue mission has been started. The operation is being undertaken in coordination with the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
    Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh reached the accident spot to oversee the rescue operation. Singh ordered a probe by Divisional Commissioner Onkar Sharma into the release of water by the project authorities without a warning.
    Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani also reached the accident spot on Monday. She has assured all possible assistance to the state from the centre in the rescue operation.
    "I have also spoken to the principal of the college and assured him of cooperation. Our prayers are with the families in this hour of need," she wrote on Twitter.
    Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju is scheduled to visit Manali to oversee the search for the missing students. Steps are being taken to facilitate airlifting of parents of the victims to Kullu-Manali.

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    Shimla/Mandi (Himachal Pradesh): Five bodies of engineering students from Hyderabad 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 on Sunday evening after the release of water from a hydropower project is still unknown.
    The sightseeing trip to Himachal Pradesh turned tragic for the tourists when the students, including some girls who were taking photographs at the bank of the river, were swept away by gushing waters of Beas as discharge of water suddenly increased following its release from the reservoir of 126 MW Larji hydropower project.
    The toll in Sunday's accident has risen to five, said Additional Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Rai adding that the bodies was recovered from Pandoh dam, whose floodgates were closed after the accident. The chances of survival of the students were bleak, he said.
    The dam is some 15 km downstream from the accident spot.
    The accident spot is located some 200 km from state capital Shimla and on the border of Kullu and Mandi districts.
    At least 24 students, including six girls of the VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Hyderabad, were reported missing after strong currents in the mighty Beas river washed them away.
    The discharge of water increased suddenly and caught everyone unawares as the Project authorities released the water apparently without any warning.
    Enraged people blocked the national highway after the incident.
    Massive search operations are underway to trace the missing students. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has reached Panoh Dam area and rescue mission has been started. The operation is being undertaken in coordination with the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
    Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh reached the accident spot to oversee the rescue operation. Singh ordered a probe by Divisional Commissioner Onkar Sharma into the release of water by the project authorities without a warning.
    Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani also reached the accident spot on Monday. She has assured all possible assistance to the state from the centre in the rescue operation.
    "I have also spoken to the principal of the college and assured him of cooperation. Our prayers are with the families in this hour of need," she wrote on Twitter.
    Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju is scheduled to visit Manali to oversee the search for the missing students. Steps are being taken to facilitate airlifting of parents of the victims to Kullu-Manali.

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