While there are reports that the volume of water is creating hindrances in the rescue operations, the SSB teams are doing their best to recover as many bodies as possible.
It(Mandi) was not an accident,it was negligence. There was no warning or safety measure there- K Kavitha,TRS pic.twitter.com/plLKzMclFY— ANI (@ANI_news) June 9, 2014
Mandi : NDRF team at the spot in Pandoh Dam pic.twitter.com/pLe2v8DhwO— ANI (@ANI_news) June 9, 2014
We talked to the state Govt and the college as soon as we heard the news-Smriti Irani on Mandi incident pic.twitter.com/g242zdjsRL— ANI (@ANI_news) June 9, 2014
HRD minister Smriti Irani at the spot(Pandoh Dam) in Mandi pic.twitter.com/l3amOKwFVd— ANI (@ANI_news) June 9, 2014
Dy Commisioner Mandi is the person to contact. My heart goes out to the affected Families.— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) June 9, 2014
Extremely sad and sorry to know about the drowning of AP students in HP. Have spoken to CM HP and he has assured full cooperation.— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) June 9, 2014
I have also spoken to the Principal of the college and assured him of cooperation. Our prayers are with the families in this hour of need.— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) June 8, 2014
Also contacted the faculty member who was at the accident site. Was assured by Tehsildar Sadar Mandi that medical aid has been provided.— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) June 8, 2014
Spoke to Minister of Education Himachal Pradesh Shri Bali re the tragic incident of 24 engineering students feared washed away near Mandi.— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) June 8, 2014
VMR College is not giving us any information or details, my son Rambabu is missing(in Mandi)-Shekhar,Parent pic.twitter.com/guqQE0x0tz— ANI (@ANI_news) June 9, 2014
In wake of this(Mandi) unfortunate incident Telangana Govt is providing for special Air India flights to Shimla-Venugopal Chary,TRS— ANI (@ANI_news) June 9, 2014
Extremely sad and heart rending incident.Why no proper warning before release of water?-Shanta Kumar,BJP on Mandi pic.twitter.com/w5oVV3Vyr4— ANI (@ANI_news) June 9, 2014
Mandi (HP): 24 students went missing after a flash flood occurred in Beas river due to water release from Laarji Hydropower Project.— ANI (@ANI_news) June 8, 2014
Mandi (HP): Students who went missing after a flash flood incident in Beas river are from an engineering college of Hyderabad.— ANI (@ANI_news) June 8, 2014
On instruction of Home Minister, 2 teams of NDRF each comprising 42 members with divers rushed to HP to rescue ppl from Beas river— ANI (@ANI_news) June 8, 2014
Mandi flash flood: Protesters block NH21 in Tholaut Distt, HP pic.twitter.com/sJUFyJcLcz— ANI (@ANI_news) June 8, 2014
Mandi: Search and Rescue ops on at Pandoh Dam (HP) pic.twitter.com/SWVKt0TpG8— ANI (@ANI_news) June 9, 2014
HRD minister Smriti Irani leaves for Mandi where 24 students of Hyderabad are feared drowned— ANI (@ANI_news) June 9, 2014
Have recovered 5 bodies till now,the volume of water is making ops a bit tough-Sanjeev,Sashastra Seema Bal(SSB) pic.twitter.com/rV8ySd2T5U— ANI (@ANI_news) June 9, 2014
Rajnath ji has sent 2 teams. Smriti Irani ji has left for the spot as well,I am also going-Ram Swaroop,BJP MP(Mandi) pic.twitter.com/pVq6HIXTjs— ANI (@ANI_news) June 9, 2014
Meanwhile, HRD minister Smriti Irani informed that the locals complained of lack of security sirens for the primary and the secondary school children before the dam water is released. "I cannot comment on the facts before the investigations. I request the government of Himachal Pradesh that they address the issues of the local people in a speedy manner. I offer condolences to the families of the deceased."
A local resident confirmed saying,"there was no hooter when the incident happened. I was in the market and we get to hear the hooter when the dam water is released."