24 engineering students from Hyderabad feared drowned in Himachal river

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 VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering & Technology

Around 24 Engineering students from a private college in Hyderabad were washed away in the Beas River in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh on Saturday evening. Forty-nine students and 16 staff of VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bachupally, were visiting the river in Thalot village when the mishap occurred.

The sightseeing trip to Himachal Pradesh turned tragic for the tourists when the students, including some girls who were taking photographs at the bank of the river, were swept away by gushing waters of Beas as discharge of water suddenly increased following its release from the reservoir of 126MW Larji hydropower project.

Students who are taking shelter in Matha Mandir are - Deepthi, Chethan, Nithin, Rakesh, Biswas, Achyuth, Prabhath, Raghuvamsi, Srikanth, Prathyush, Mounica, Navya, Divya, Srujan, RamanTeja, Rakesh, Suvarsha, Lavanya, Vijaya, PurnaSekhar, Mohan, Rushika, Anish, Raghavendra, and Athyush.

Total 48 students and 3 faculty members went to Himachal Pradesh. The incident took place while they were to reach Manali in 20 mins. All these students are from VNR Vignan Engg College of Bachupally in HYD.

The discharge of water increased suddenly and caught everyone unawares as the project authorities released the water apparently without any warning.

Enraged people blocked the national highway after the incident.

Massive search operations have been launched to trace the missing students but there was no success due to darkness.

State officials said the chances of finding the missing students alive are dim.

The services of divers have been requisitioned as part of rescue efforts.

About 20 students, who did not go to the river bank, are safe but were in a state of panic.

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