Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Tamil Nadu: At least nine trekkers feared dead in Theni forest fire

Tamil Nadu 20 students caught in forest fire Indian Air Force pressed into rescue operations The Southern Command is in touch with the Collector of Theni to assist in the rescue operations
Jay Anderson | 12 March, 2018, 10:13

About 14 people died and several injured in the forest fire in Theni on Sunday. "The helicopters would undertake an aerial survey to ascertain the extent of area where the fire has spread and its intensity".

Theni district collector Pallavi Baldev with the rescued people.

Officials said the Defence Minister told the District collector to expedite the rescue operations in coordination with the other department officials including, the Air Force.

Forest officials said the girls had not taken permission to enter the forests.

The toll may increase, the reports said. No rescue operation can be undertaken at night. There were 25 women and three children were present. Senior fire service officials also have gone there. "There are many places in the forest that are restricted", Dindigul Srinivasan, forest minister, said.




Kandasamy said the fire is still burning uncontrollably in the region bordering Kerala state some 540 kilometres (335 miles) from the Tamil Nadu capital Chennai. "Rescue operations have been expedited". The Indian Air Force has been working with local authorities to evacuate all trapped in the forest fire.

Around 20 students of a college who were on trekking expedition were caught in a forest in Theni district of Tami Nadu on Sunday afternoon. Instructed @IAF_MCC to help in rescue and evacuation. Sitharaman said she was responding to a request from Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palaniswami for the rescue efforts. Out of 27 people who have been rescued 10 of them have minor injuries, while 8 of them have serious injuries.

Sitharaman had confirmed on Sunday that the commandos deployed in the rescue mission would carry medicines and provide medical assistance on spot. They are coming down from the hill. Apart from the eight, three more women are receiving treatment at two private hospitals in Madurai.

After staying overnight at an estate in Kozhukumalai, they started their return journey to the plains today when they heard about the sudden forest fire and got separated while attempting to find a safe way.

District Superintendent of Police V Baskaran and revenue and forest officials were also overseeing the operations.

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