With the recovery of two more bodies from the Beas river on Sunday, the total number of bodies recovered now reached 24. One more body is missing.
The recovered bodies belong to the group of 24 engineering students of Hyderabad-based VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology, who were washed away in the Beas at Thalout in Mandi district after sudden release of water from the Larji dam on June 8.
The deceased students whose bodies have been recovered have been identified as Dasari Srinidhi, daughter of Raja Reddy, resident of Karim Nagar in Hyderabad and Kasarla Reddy, daughter of Krishna Reddy of Bachupally area in Hyderabad.
"We have recovered two more bodies from the Beas on the 42nd day of the incident today. The bodies have been identified and we have informed the parents of the deceased," said Pankaj Rai, additional district magistrate, who is overseeing the rescue and search operation at the Pandoh dam site.
Rai said the bodies would be sent to New Delhi after autopsy at the Mandi zonal hospital.
Rai said a dead body, which was recovered five days ago, seems to be the body of the missing co-tour operator Prahlad, but final confirmation would be done after the DNA test at Hyderabad. He added that the dead body has already been sent to Hyderabad.
He said the rescue teams have recovered 24 bodies so far but there has been no significant headway in tracing the remaining one body of Kalluri Sree Harsha, son of KRKV Prasad of New Nallakunta in Hyderabad.
Most of the bodies recovered so far were found afloat on the surface themselves, though the high-tech marine devices like a side scan Sound Navigation and Ranging (SONAR), Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) and an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) were deployed in the search operation along with more than 600 personnel of National Disaster Response Force, army, navy, Indian Tibet Border Force, home guards and police joined the rescue and search operation in the beginning.