Chikamagalur: In a shocking incident a private school bus carrying students and teachers to the school caught fire in Muddinakoppa village of Mudigere Taluk here.

The incident took place when the school bus belonging to Sadguru Vidya Samithi School of Basarikatte village near Kalasa, plying students and teachers caught fire due to a technical snub. The school had sent the bus to pick the students and teachers of the school from Haluwalli, Thalagodu, Baalehole, Thotadhoor and other villages as the private bus was not accessible on Monday.

The fire initially broke out near the driver seat after which the driver jumped down the bus. The fire then moved towards the children and teachers seated on the bus, but the teachers managed to get the students and themselves out of the bus on right time and averted a major tragedy.

Books and school bags of the students were charred down in the fire. The locals added that a few students and teachers sustained minor injuries but no serious injuries or casualties were reported. They also added that the students were disturbed and shocked after the incident.

Soon after the incident was reported, police rushed to the spot. The driver escaped the scene after the incident.


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Mangaluru: Continuous rainfall in Dakshina Kannada including Mangaluru, is now posing threat to the low-lying areas with flooding if the rain continues for next few hours.

Incidents of wall of the houses and compound walls collapsing, have also been reported from several areas since Wednesday night.

Similarly, cracks were also spotted on the Maravur Bridge following which the Deputy Commissioner instructed the PWD Executive Engineering to visit the spot and inspect the bridge on Thursday morning.

Due to the drainage issues, several areas in Mangaluru including Kottara Chowki were experiencing water logging causing traffic jams and panic among the locals who fear flooding if the rains do not stop.

In several other areas, homes have also been inundated with rain water putting the houses on risk of damages. Residents in these areas were evacuated and were shifted to other localities temporarily.

The Deputy Commissioner also declared holidays to PU and Degree colleges due to rains on June 30. He also added that the decision on declaring holidays to schools and other colleges will be taken after assessing the situation in the district by Friday morning.