A school bus carrying more than two dozen children got stuck in a large drain on Saturday amid heavy rains in Madhya Pradesh's Shajapur district. The bus was pulled out of the large drain by a group of villagers using a tractor and a heavy rope.
In a video of the incident, children inside the bus are seen shouting for help as the water level in the drain rose. All the children on the bus are safe, officials said.
This part of Madhya Pradesh has been receiving heavy rainfall for the last few days.
The school has been issued a show-cause notice by authorities and the licence of its bus driver was suspended for allegedly putting the lives of students at risk by getting the vehicle to cross a flooded road, an official said.
"The district education officer has issued a show-cause notice to the school management stating its recognition should be suspended for endangering the lives of children in the manner. The district transport officer has suspended the licence of driver Bhagirath Singh for six months," Shajapur Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Shaili Kanash told news agency PTI.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert warning of heavy to very heavy rainfall in several districts of Madhya Pradesh.
Last week, three people, including a woman, were killed when the car was washed away while crossing a bridge amid heavy rain in Nagpur's Savner tehsil.