The Himachal Pradesh government has sanctioned Rs. 1.50 lakh each to the next of the kin of the deceased of Thalot mishap. Govt was also ensuring proper boarding and other arrangements for the parents and other family members of missing students.

Transport Minister G.S. Bali, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Anil Sharma and Chairman, Disaster Management Board Rajendra Rana today visited the mishap site at Thalot in Mandi district and took stock of the rescue operations being undertaken to recover the bodies of the drowned students. They also met the parents and other family members of missing students and expressed grief over the mishap.

Transport Minister met with Members of Parliament from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh at Pandoh and apprised them about the steps being taken by the State Government for searching the missing students.

Deputy Commissioner Mandi said that one body was recovered today morning and had been identified as Devasish Bose, whereas four dead bodies recovered yesterday were airlifted to Hyderabad.

DC ensured that search operation was going on war footing to recover the bodies. The 22 personnel of National Disaster Response Force, nine raft, 100 personnel of Indo-Tibet Border Police, 100 personnel of Sashastra Seema Suraksha Bal, 100 policemen of Himachal Police and 25 Home Guards have been deputed in search operation. He said that besides taking help of local people 12 additional divers had also been pressed into service by NDFR.

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