Jump to content

Hope fades for Indian dam tragedy victims


Recommended Posts

More than 150 people have been swept away after the gates of a dam were opened as Hindus gathered on a riverbank to pray.

Officials said the bodies of 65 people had been traced so far but more than 90 remained missing.

Four boats and several divers scoured the water for survivors following the tragedy which happened on Saturday.

Unclaimed bodies lay on the river bank, swelling in the sun, the smell of death growing in the gathering heat of the north Indian summer.

"We found the body of a woman with a one-year-old dead child in her arms," police constable Ram Singh told Reuters.

Divers and lifeguards continue to search for more bodies.

The pilgrims had gathered on the banks of Narmada a day ahead of the new moon, a period which is considered auspicious by Hindus as they feel bathing in the holy river at this time would wash away their sins.

State authorities said the tragedy occurred after the gates of the Indira Sagar Dam, about 100 km (60 miles) upstream of Dharaji, were opened without warning.

But officials at the Narmada Hydroelectric Development Corporation (NHDC), which operates the dam, said they were not aware of the Hindu fair downstream.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...