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India searches for 24 students washed away in river surge

Published on Jun 9, 2014 2:15 PM
A parent points to a photograph of a missing student, feared drowned in the Beas River in India's northern Himachal Pradesh state, published in a local newspaper at the VNR Vignan Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology campus in the Bachupally outskirts of Hyderabad on June 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

SHIMLA, India (AFP) - Rescuers discovered five bodies on Monday 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 were standing on the Beas river's edge on Sunday evening taking photographs in the northeast Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh when they were hit by a wall of water.

"In the morning five bodies have been found in the Beas river as rescue teams continue to search downstream," senior state government official Pankaj Rai told CNN-IBN news channel.

Soldiers, police and other rescue workers were seen combing the banks of the river, while others in kayaks were paddling slowly downstream, checking around boulders.

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