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Bus stuck in waterlogged underbridge; kids, staff trapped inside rescued by boat

The private school bus was stuck in an eight-foot-deep puddle, due to which water started entering the bus. After being alerted by a resident, fire brigade personnel evacuated the children and staff stuck inside through boats.

Bus stuck waterlogged underbridge kids staff trapped inside rescued boat
Bengaluru, First Published May 24, 2019, 11:44 AM IST
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Bengaluru: Fire and emergency services personnel rescued two students and three school staff members from their school bus which was jammed in waterlogged Doddanekkundi railway underbridge on Thursday morning.

Mahadevapura fire station officer, Govindswamy, told Times of India that boats were used to evacuate the children and staff trapped inside the bus. He said that since there was no passage for rainwater to flow, it took the personnel atleast 3 hours to clear all the water.

Due to the rain overnight and the lack of a proper drainage system, the private school bus got stuck in an eight-foot-deep puddle, according to residents. The water from the puddle then started seeping into the bus, because of which those who were inside it couldn’t get out.  The incident occurred at around 8.30 am.

Lokesh, a resident, then raised an alert at 8.45 pm, after which fire brigade personnel reached the spot and then utilised boats to bring the students and staff out of the bus.

This is not the first time that rain caused trouble for citizens in Bengaluru. In July this year, the BBMP received several distress calls from citizens complaining about people trapped in water logged areas. In Bilekahalli area, fire department personnel deployed boats to rescue and evacuate people who were stuck due to waterlogging. People also had to move through knee-deep water and many residents living on the ground floor were asked to move to the upper floors because of rain water which started entering the houses. Uprooted trees and traffic jams following torrential rains too added to the woes of Bengalureans.

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