Six people stranded in a flash flood in Bennihalla rescued


Hubball: As many as six people, including an engineer, who were stuck in a flash flood caused by Bennihalla between Halyal and Kadapatti village, were rescued by the staff of the fire and emergency department and police in the wee hours of Tuesday.

The officials said that the rescued were going to Kadapatti from Halyal when the incident happened. They knew that the stream was flowing in spate, but despite that, they left their bikes near the bridge and tried to cross the stream by walking to reach their homes. But they were unable to do it because of the force of the water. They held the bridge’s pilings and dialled the district administration for help, said Tahsildar Prakash Nashi.

He said he got information about this around 11 p.m. and immediately called the police and fire emergency departments, and the rescue operation began. The labourers were brought to a safe place in a boat by 3 a.m. on Tuesday.

The rescued have been identified as Vijay Channabasappa Sherewad, 28, site engineer,  Chandru Kubihal,32 hotel manager, Shambulingappa Pujar, 22, Mallayya Pujar, 26, Mahantesh Pujar, 21, Chidanand Ballur, 42, all are residents of Kadapatti village.

Seva Kendra opened:

Tahsildar Nashi said that Bennihalla water entered a few houses in Ingalhalli and Kiresur and a Seva Kendra was opened for the affected people, breakfast was provided to them and arrangements have been made to provide lunch for them. The water level in Bennihalla and Tupparihalla is receding, he said.

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