An infant and four women were among those missing when the car in which they were travelling skidded off the road and plunged into swollen Beas river in Mandi district. One person was killed and six other members of a family were feared washed away in the tragic incident.
The eight occupants, hailing from Pandoh in Mandi district, were returning in the car from the famous Sikh shrine at Manikaran when the mishap occurred last night near Aut on Kiratpur-Manali National highway, about 180 kms from here.
An infant and four women were among those missing while one body has been recovered from Larji Dam, police said. The lone survivor has been admitted to a hospital at Mandi.
“Search operation was hampered due to darkness last night. It has resumed and efforts are being made to locate the others but chances of finding any survivor are very remote,” a police officer, engaged in the operation, said.
Local people and divers are assisting in the search operation. The chances of the victims being swept away into Larji Dam are quite high, he added.