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HindustanTimes Fri,19 Sep 2014

Himachal tragedy: Hair-raising video of Beas river accident surfaces

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 11, 2014
First Published: 12:39 IST(11/6/2014) | Last Updated: 08:14 IST(12/6/2014)

Three days after at least 24 students of an engineering college in Hyderabad and a tour operator were washed away in River Beas in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday, a video of the horrific accident has emerged.

More than 60 students and teachers of the VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Hyderabad were on an excursion to Manali.

Hindi daily Amar Ujala released the exclusive video on YouTube.

The four minute and 34 second video shows students on rocks and the bed of the river taking photographs when suddenly the water level rises, washing them away in the strong currents of the river.

Those who were near the bank of the river ran to safety but others standing on the rocks and the bed are seen being washed away.

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People are heard screaming and running along the banks of the river.

The river level suddenly increased due to release of water from the Larji hydropower project dam, located near the accident spot, without warning, witnesses said.

The students who survived the tragedy returned to Hyderabad late Monday.

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Rescuers have been able to recover only five bodies since Tuesday and efforts are on to locate more.

The bodies of four victims, which were brought to Hyderabad by a defence aircraft in the early hours of Tuesday and handed over to their relatives, were cremated.

The body of the fifth victim Devashish Bose was flown to Hyderabad on Tuesday evening.

The accident spot is at least 200 km from Shimla and on the border of Kullu and Mandi districts.

(With IANS inputs)


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