24 Students Washed away in North India River Surge
    2014-06-09 16:07:56     Agencies       Web Editor: Jiang

Banoth Shekar, the father of missing student B. Rambabu Naik and feared drowned in the Beas River in India's northern Himachal Pradesh state, holds a identification photograph of his son at the VNR Vignan Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology campus in the Bachupally outskirts of Hyderabad on June 9, 2014. Rescuers discovered five bodies June 9 in a river in northern India as they stepped up their search for 24 students washed away in a sudden surge of water released from a dam. The students, from an engineering college in the southern city of Hyberabad, were standing on the Beas river's edge on June 8 evening taking photographs in the northeast Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh when they were hit by a wall of water. [Photo: NOAH SEELAM/CFP]

Twenty-four students were missing late Sunday after being washed downstream by a sudden surge of river water in a remote Himalayan valley in northern India, a state minister said.

The students had stopped to take photographs on the edge of the Beas river in Himachal Pradesh when water released from a dam washed them downstream, transport minister G.S Bali said.

A local official blamed the surge of water on a hydroelectric power plant further upstream.

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