In a heartbreaking incident caused by heavy rains in Bengaluru, a 22-year-old woman named Bhanu Rekha lost her life on May 21 when the car she was traveling in with her family submerged at the KR Circle underpass. Bhanu Rekha, an employee at Infosys, tragically succumbed to the accident despite the efforts of rescuers and bystanders.
According to Siddaramaiah, a local official, the incident occurred when the barricades, intended to block traffic from entering the underpass, were blown down by the strong winds and rainfall in the city. As a result, the driver inadvertently entered the underpass, leading to the unfortunate accident.
Eyewitness Prabhakar Reddy, who was present at the scene, reported that commuters opened their windows and swiftly pulled the trapped family out of the vehicle. Although five members, including the driver, were successfully rescued, Bhanu Rekha sadly passed away after being taken to the hospital.
“I went to the spot to check and found that people were trapped inside. I immediately approached the Fire Department and also joined them in the rescue operations. I tied a rope around myself and jumped into the water. I tried helping as much as possible,” recounted Reddy to The News Minute, describing his efforts to assist in the rescue operation.
Reports indicate that the family had traveled from Andhra Pradesh to Bengaluru and had rented a car for sightseeing purposes. Tragically, while attempting to cross the underpass, their vehicle became submerged in neck-deep water. The Fire and Rescue services arrived promptly and utilized ladders to rescue the stranded family. Television channels broadcasted live visuals of the daring rescue operation.
During the rescue, an elderly woman and a young woman, both distraught, managed to climb up the ladder themselves and were safely brought to the surface. Bhanu Rekha, on the other hand, was rescued with the aid of a lifebuoy ring but succumbed to her injuries shortly after reaching the hospital.
“I arranged for an auto-rickshaw and sent her to the hospital. When I reached the hospital after 20 minutes, the patient was lying unattended. The hospital staff did not provide her first aid or treatment,” Reddy shared with media reporters, expressing his frustration with the lack of immediate medical attention at the hospital.
The Chief Minister, upon being informed about the incident, visited St Martha’s Hospital and informed the media that according to doctors, Bhanu Rekha had already passed away by the time she arrived at the hospital due to the ingestion of a significant amount of water.