Hindu Pilgrims Die in Flash Flood

April 11, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AFP


On April 11, 2005 Agence France-Presse reported, "At least 38 Hindu pilgrims died and 35 were missing after they were struck by a flash flood while praying on the banks of the Narmada River in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, police said. Local police chief Swaraj Puri said two bodies had been found on Friday, while the rest had been recovered over the weekend from Dharaji, near Dewas, some 300 kilometers (186 miles) from Madhya Pradesh's state capital Bhopal. 'Thirty-eight bodies have been recovered so far and 35 people are still reported missing,' Suri told AFP on Monday. Locals said the Narmada rose suddenly on Thursday after state-run National Hydel Development Corporation (NHDC) released water from the Indira Sagar reservoir on the heavily dammed Narmada River."