25 students taking photos swept away in unexpected dam release

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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. 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. AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)
A parent checks through a name list of students feared drowned in the Beas River in India's northern Himachal Pradesh state, 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. AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)
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. AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)
Banoth Shekar, the father of missing student B. Rambabu Naik and feared drowned in the Beas River in India's northern Himachal Pradesh state, cries 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. AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)
A parent holds up a name list of students feared drowned in the Beas River in India's northern Himachal Pradesh state, 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. AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)
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NEW DELHI (AP) - Rescuers in boats were searching a Himalayan river Monday for dozens of students swept away when a dam released a rush of water without warning, and police said four bodies had been found.

The 25 students from the southern IT-city of Hyderabad had been taking photographs Sunday evening at the banks of the Beas River when they were hit by the rush of water from the Larji hyropower station near the mountain resort town of Manali in Himachal Pradesh.

India Searching For College Students Washed Away In River

They had been part of a larger field trip of some 48 students spending 10 days near the mountain resort town of Manali in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Some students at the river banks managed to scramble to safety.

"We saw a wall of water hit those who were on the banks. They fell flat and disappeared under the waves," one student, identified only as Sumiran, told The Indian Express newspaper.

A Manali police officer, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, said four bodies had been recovered Monday morning after a search resumed with the dawn. But police said the search operation was challenged by a shortage of boats and divers.

"Officials there are fearing the chances of finding survivors were slim," said Anurag Sharma, police director general in the state of Telangana where Hyderabad is located.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh demanded the dam's engineer be suspended while the incident is investigated.

Telangana's government on Monday sent police officials and parents of the missing to the search site, 530 kilometers (330 miles) north of New Delhi.

Anxious friends and relatives gathered at Hyderabad's Vigyan Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology waiting for news of the missing.

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