India Theni forest fire: 9 dead, 27 rescued as search ops continue in Kurangani hills

07:40  12 march  2018
07:40  12 march  2018 Source:   indiatoday.in

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Nine trekkers were charred to death in the forest fire that occurred on Sunday in Tamil Nadu's Theni district. The deceased include 4 women, 4 men and a child. 27 people have been rescued today from the fire in Kurangani hills of which 8 are critically injured while 10 have minor injuries.

THENI : Nine people have died in the forest fire in Kurangani hills in Theni district of Tamil Nadu by Monday morning, confirmed the district collector. Continue without login.

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Nine trekkers were charred to death in the forest fire that occurred on Sunday in Tamil Nadu's Theni district.

The deceased include 4 women, 4 men and a child.

  Theni forest fire: 9 dead, 27 rescued as search ops continue in Kurangani hills

27 people have been rescued today from the fire in Kurangani hills of which 8 are critically injured while 10 have minor injuries.

16 commandos of Garud Commandos Force and three choppers from the IAF have been in action since today morning while eight commandos reached the top as part of rescue operations and dousing the fire.

The Theni district collector on Sunday said that there were a total of 37 people - 13 from Erode and Thiruppur, and 24 from Chennai, in Kurangani.

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Theni : Nine people have been killed in a forest fire in Kurangani hills , a tourist spot in the Western Ghats of Theni district. Seventeen people have been

The fire trapped around 37 people, most of them women, with 27 rescued so far. (Photo Courtesy: PTI). IAF helicopters arrive at Theni for the search and rescue operation of those stuck in the Kurangani Forest Fire in Tamil Nadu.

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The 26 women, 8 men and 3 children had travelled to the region for a trek organised by the Chennai Trekking Club who were trapped in a fire that broke out in Kurangani hills on their way back on Sunday evening.

"If we are informed in advance, we will give them the necessary arrangements. A simple guide will not do. There are many places in the forest that are restricted," Dindigul Srinivasan, Forest minister, said.

Most of the families of the trekkers have reached Theni.

Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Sunday met the injured at the Bodi public hospital.

He said that the group of trekkers stayed at a tea estate and when the came back, they got trapped in the forest fire.

"We will be tightening the force against the forest and provide necessary security to people who go on treks and inform in advance," OPS said.

Actor-turned-neta Kamal Haasan tweeted his condolences and sympathy to the victims of the forest fire.

(With inputs from Akshaya Nath, Shalini Lobo and Gopi Maniar)

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