Hyderabad: A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been dispatched to Siddipet district to rescue a truck driver, whose vehicle got washed away in a swollen river at Baswapur. While the truck disappeared in the flow, the driver luckily caught hold of bushes in the flow. Alerted by the locals, the police rushed to the spot and launched a rescue operation. Knowing about the incident, finance minister T. Harish Rao directed the district administration and police department to expedite the rescue works.
A team of (NDRF) has been dispatched to #Siddipet to rescue a truck driver, whose vehicle got washed away in a swollen river at Baswapur. While the truck disappeared in the flow, the driver luckily caught hold of bushes in the flow. Alerted by locals, the police reached the spot pic.twitter.com/6hUHLN9dqR? NewsMeter (@NewsMeter_In) August 15, 2020
According to Siddipet district officials, during the wee hours of Saturday, the truck was crossing Baswapur bridge where the Pedda vagu was flowing more than two meters above the structure. After he reached the middle of the bridge, the vehicle lost balance due to the water current and was washed away.
Passersby, who noticed this, alerted the police. It was found that though the vehicle got washed away, the driver managed to come out of the cabin and swam to a bush nearby. He held on to a branch and waved to the people. The local administration rushed to the spot and began the rescue operation.
Meanwhile, minister Harish Rao also instructed the district collector, Siddipet police commissioner and RDO to bring the truck driver to safety.
This is the second such incident reported in the state during this monsoon season.
In July, a car got washed away in Jogulamba Gadwal district, while crossing a swollen stream.
Of the three persons who were travelling in it, two men could manage to reach the road safely, while a pregnant woman got washed away along with the car. Her body was found stuck near the Kurnool railway bridge by expert swimmers.
Meanwhile, Hyderabad police commissioner Anjani Kumar urged people to not drive in water. “ Do not drive in the water” he tweeted on Saturday while sharing a graphic video.