17 pilgrims from state discharged from Kullu government hospital

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 26, 2015 10:42 IST

At least 17 Punjab pilgrims injured in the Manikaran valley accident were discharged from the Kullu government hospital on Saturday.

Four injured have been admitted to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, said a Punjab government spokesperson.

The bus carrying over 60 pilgrims had skidded off the road and plunged into the swollen Parvati river on Thursday evening near Bhuntar in Kullu district. The spokesperson said chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was keeping a close watch on rescue and relief operations being carried out by the National Disaster Response Force Teams (NDRF) in close coordination with the Himachal Pradesh government.

As per the reports received from Punjab inspector general Rakesh Chandra, who has been deputed to coordinate the relief and rescue operations, of 21 injured, 17 have been discharged. While 34 people are missing, 11 bodies have been recovered and handed over to their family members.

IG Chandra has informed the government that NDRF teams have not yet got any major breakthrough in locating the bodies or the bus because of muddy water due to heavy rains at higher reaches and strong current. Control rooms have been set up at both these dams.

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