Kurangani forest fire leaves 10 dead; 8 are seriously injured

Tamil Nadu 20 students caught in forest fire Indian Air Force pressed into rescue operations

Theni district collector Mariam Pallavi Baldev on Sunday night said there were a total of 37 people-13 from Erode and Tiruppur and 24 from Chennai.

The CTC is blaming the local farmers for the fire that engulfed the area, killing 11 of the trekkers and said that they had taken all permissions mandatory for the trek. "I hope that those who are injured recover soon", he added. Unaware of the forest fire, the team had trekked into the forest.

Meanwhile, Mr Purohit visited the injured at the hospital inMadurai and enquired about the treatment being given to the forest fire victims.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has completed the rescue operation for the trapped trekkers in the Kurangani hills of Theni district of Tamil Nadu where a fire has been raging since Saturday. Twenty-six women, eight men and three children travelled to the region for a trek, she said.

The State Forest Department said it will not allow any unauthorised persons to enter the forest areas, especially in areas that are prone to fires.

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"On all authorised expeditions, we send our staffers with them to ensure they are guided on the proper route and not even inadvertently violate forest or wildlife laws", a top State Forest official told PTI.

A order comes in to immediate this effect said, a statement issued by the chief minister's office said.

Baldev said the trekkers after staying at an estate in Kozhukumalai overnight, started their return journey to the plains yesterday morning when they heard of the sudden forest fire and got separated while attempting to find a safe way. The club's website says it has around 40,000 members as non-profit volunteers and organises hundreds of outdoor, sports, environment and social activities during weekday mornings and weekends.

The Kurangani hills in Theni district, which border a forest reserve and a national park, are a popular destination for hikers and global adventure tourists.

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