The hills of Himachal Pradesh continued to experience moderate to heavy rainfall Monday, causing landslides in some areas and blocking the highways, while all the major rivers and their tributaries were in spate, officials said.
Rescuers today found the body an engineering student who was among the 25 youth who were swept away in gushing waters of the Beas river on June 8 and with this the bodies of 13 students have been recovered so far.
Himachal Pradesh admitted that illegal sand mining has been flourishing along the Beas river and the activity is to be partially blamed for the tragedy in which 24 students of an engineering college of Hyderabad lost their lives.
A massive search operation resumed Sunday by using a high-tech device that can scan the riverbed full of silt and boulders to locate bodies of 16 engineering students and a tour operator from Hyderabad who were washed away in the Beas river near this town last week.
The search operation to trace the 17 persons still missing following the tragedy in the Beas river involving a group of engineering students from Hyderabad resumed on its fifth day today with more personnel set to join the efforts.
In connection with the tragedy in which fellow students of their college were killed in a river mishap, the students of Andhra Pradesh-based VNR Vijyana Jyothi Institute of Engineering will write to the Prime Minister`s Office seeking an independent probe into the incident and to accelerate ongoing relief measures.
The search for a group of Hyderabad engineering students washed away in the Beas river near here is not only massive in scale involving some 550 rescuers, but first of its kind in a treacherous terrain, strong current, and low visibility in churned up silt, a senior official said.