The rescue teams on Wednesday recovered one more body of a student of the Hyderabad- based VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology. With this, the total number of bodies recovered so far has reached to six.
“One more body has been recovered today (Wednesday) afternoon and the toll has now risen to six. Rain, however, disrupted rescue operations for a few hours in the evening. We have invited navy divers and they will to take charge of the operations. They will reach here any time on Thursday,” said deputy commissioner Mandi, Devesh Kumar.
The body recovered on Wednesday has been identified as MD Sabir Hussain Shaik, a resident of Gulmohar Park area of Serilingampally in Andhra Pradesh.
The body was recovered from Khoti Nala area near Hanogi Mata temple, nearly 7-kilometre away from the Pandoh dam and nearly 3-kilometre away from the site of incident.
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However, there is no trace of 18 others, who were washed away in the Beas river after the release of water from the Larji dam at Thalout in Mandi district on Sunday.
The local administration has been trying to arrange an army helicopter to send the body to Hyderabad, but bad weather delayed the flight. Meanwhile, the body has been kept at the zonal hospital.
NDRF to send divers with cameras
The silt level in the Beas river increased manifold after the water from Larji dam was suddenly released on June 8. With the search operations yielding little results, the rescuers fear that bodies could have been submerged deep in the reservoir due to high-level of silt.
“Silt in water is a big problem. What’s making things more difficult is that water is muddy which has reduced the visibility. We have identified several points from where divers will be sent with camera to get trace of the bodies feared trapped in rocks and silt,” says Jaipdeep Singh, commanding officer NDRF, who is supervising the rescue operations at Pandoh in Mandi district.