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Hindustan Times  Manali, June 09, 2014
First Published: 18:06 IST(9/6/2014) | Last Updated: 18:11 IST(9/6/2014)


6.00 PM: A group of engineering students from Hyderabad, who were travelling from Shimla to Manali, halted near Thalaut

6:05 PM: 38 of them climbed down 150 meters from the Chandigarh- Manali national highway to reach the bank of Beas river to take picture

6:15 PM: Officials at Larji hydro power project, located at a distance of 4 kilometers from the site of accident, released 50 cusecs (cubic feet per second) of water and then 150 cusecs and 200 cusecs after intervals of 15 minutes, flooding Beas river.

6:45PM: Locals tried warning the students. Before they could realize, water level rose by 5-6 feet and 24 students including 6 girls and a tour operator were trapped

6:47PM: The students tried to make a chain to support each other, but were swept away by gushing waters. Angry Villagers blocked the national highway protesting against the callous authorities.

8:00PM: Additional district magistrate, Mandi, Pankaj Rai and rescue teams reach the spot, but the search operations could not be started due to lack of logistic support, searchlights and other equipment.


5:00 AM: Search and rescue operations resumed. Team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) joined the effort to search the missing students.

9:00 AM: Bodies of two students recovered

10:00-12.00: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and union human resource development minister Smriti Irani reached the spot

12:15 PM: 3 more bodies fished out. Search operations continue in a 15-km stretch from the spot of incident and to Pandoh dam.

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