24 students feared drowned in India


June 9, 2014 4:15AM (UTC)

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police say 24 students are feared drowned after they were swept away by strong waters in a river near a mountainous tourist resort in northern India.

Police officer Dina Nath said a sudden discharge of water into the Beas river on Sunday from a dam upstream took the students by surprise while they were taking pictures on a river bank near Manali, 530 kilometers (330 miles) north of New Delhi.

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The engineering students had come to the tourist town in Himachal Pradesh state from the southern Indian city of Hyderabad.

Nath said a rescue operation by security forces was hampered by nightfall and it would resume Monday morning.


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