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Karnataka boy felicitated for bravery

August 17, 2019

Monsoon has created havoc across the country this year. Some of the worst hit areas include Assam, Kerala, Northern Karnataka, Maharashtra and Bihar. But even during this natural disaster, there were many incidents of humanity shown towards both humans and animals. One such incident that had gone viral on social media happened at Raichur in Karnataka. In a video that is still doing the rounds, a 12 year old boy can be seen guiding an ambulance in the flood hit Hirerayanakumpi village. Identified as Venkatesh, this young brave heart was felicitated on 15 August by the Raichur Deputy Commissioner for his humane act. As the young hero entered the dais to collect his award, there were loud cheers for him from the crowd who was gathered.

Small in Stature, Big in Heart Salute this Boy from #Bagalkot, #Karnataka. He guided ambulance safely to cross the overflowing bridge risking his own life-Shreekanth S Huddar.

In the video, Venkatesh can be seen running in front of the ambulance while the bridge was completely under water. The ambulance was carrying six children and a woman's dead body from a flood affected area. Venkatesh was playing on the banks of the river when he saw the ambulance driver struggling to get through the rough waters. Reportedly, he approached Venkatesh for help who did not have to think twice before guiding him.

Venkatesh is a class 6 student at a local government school in the village. Social media was flooded with congratulatory messages for him.

"God bless the young boy who took ambulance to safety in flooded waters", tweeted Sourabh Mathur.

"A 12-year-old-boy in Karnataka risked his life to guide an ambulance through a flooded bridge. The government will give him a bravery award, but can public-spirited industrialists like ⁦@anandmahindra⁩ give him a new life?", tweeted Gautam Machaiah.

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