Tamil Nadu forest fire: 9 Trekkers dead

Last Updated: Monday, March 12, 2018, 03:13
Tamil Nadu forest fire: 9 Trekkers dead
9 people killed in a forest fire in the Western Ghats, the Tamil Nadu government said on Monday. While 17 of the rescued have been hospitalised and 10 did not require hospitalisation. Among the dead, 6 were from Chennai and three from Erode, local police said. Meanwhile, Chief Minister K Palaniswami is rushing to Theni to oversee rescue operations. A 36-member team - 24 people from Chennai and 12 from Tiruppur and Erode districts on a trekking expedition reached Kurangani hills on March 10. The team included 25 women and three children, according to Theni District Collector Mariam Pallavi Baldev. Four helicopters of the IAF and their 10 commandos are involved in the rescue operation, according to a tweet by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
According to Pallavi Baldev, the trekkers after staying overnight at an estate in Kozhukumalai started their return journey to the plains on Sunday morning when they heard about the sudden forest fire and got separated while attempting to find a safe way. Kurangani-Kozhukumalai hills in the Western Ghats are located near Bodinayakanur, about 40 kms.
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