Tuesday 24 September, 2019

Watch: Kids cross flooded river in a bamboo basket to get to school

These kids make a terrifying trip to school every morning - suspended in a bamboo basket while pulling themselves across a raging river.

The youngsters can normally wade through the shallow water but during the rainy season from June until October it turns into an intense torrent of rapids in Davao Oriental, the Philippines.

 

Butay Integrated School is the only establishment in the area and their village is on the wrong side of the river - meaning they have to cross twice a day.

Rather than get wet, the innovative teenagers fastened a huge length of bamboo between two trees and built a bamboo cage.

They then climb inside with their backpacks and haul themselves across. Once they reach the other side, others waiting can pull the cage back with a second bamboo line which is fastened to it.

Footage taken earlier this week captures their perilous school run.

Local teenager Noel Gayoso said: ''When it's raining and the river's flooded this is the only way that we can cross. It's a little bit scary, but it's the best passage for us to reach school.''

 

 

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