The Hush Post| 16:05 pm |one-minute-read
Twenty-five people, including five children, were killed when a bus fell into a canal in Karnataka on Saturday afternoon.
The number of dead could increase. Around 30 to 35 people were travelling in the bus. The accident took place in Mandya, about 105 km from the capital city of Bengaluru.
The bus fell into the canal after its driver lost control. Many passengers could not escape as the bus fell on its side, with the doors walled up against the surface of the canal. The bus soon submerged.
The driver reportedly managed to come out of the bus and swam to safety. Farmers working in nearby fields started rescue work instantly and saved some passengers.
Visuals from the site showed locals using ropes to try and pull the bus out of the water body. The bodies of the victims were pulled out.
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, who will visit the site soon, instructed the minister in charge of Mandya and the Deputy Commissioner to reach the site and oversee the rescue work.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the deaths. “Deeply pained the bus accident in Karnataka’s Mandya. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased. May God give them strength in this hour of sadness,” he tweeted.