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Water Release from Indian Dam Kills 60

Residents stand on the bank of the River Narmada during search operations for the bodies of pilgrims at Dharaji
Indian officials say at least 60 people have died in a tragic flash flood, after water was released Saturday from a dam in central India.

Crowds of pilgrims have been praying at the banks of the Narmada River where rescue efforts continue. Indian officials said the flash flood occurred on Saturday after the National Hydel Development Corp released water from the Indira Sagar dam.

At least 45 people remain missing. Thousands of pilgrims had gathered at the riverbank a day ahead of the new moon, which Hindus consider auspicious.

Dam officials said they were not aware of the pilgrimage. They said they routinely release water from the dam as part of its power-generating program.

Indira Sagar Dam is one of the India's largest hydroelectric energy projects.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.