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HP Tragedy: Survivors, four bodies to reach Hyderabad by special flights

PTI 09 Jun 2014, 23:44:53 PM IST
Hyderabad: A special flight carrying 24 students who survived the river tragedy in Himachal Pradesh will be landing here Monday night while bodies of four victims are being flown in a defence aircraft.

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju said the special flight carrying 24 survivors would land at Hyderabad international airport at 10 p.m.

Bodies of four students are also being flown in a defence aircraft from Chandigarh to Hyderabad. It is likely to land at 10.30 p.m. at Hakimpet Air Force station.

According to information reaching here, rescue workers have so far retrieved five bodies and four of them were identified. Efforts were on to trace the 19 missing students.

The students of V.N.R. Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology in Hyderabad were washed away in Beas river that saw a flash flood after the release of water from a hydropower project.

A group of 48 students from the engineering college were on a picnic to Himachal Pradesh when the tragedy struck.

The governments of both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh swung into action to provide relief to the families of the victims.