Tamil Nadu: Forest fire claim lives of over nine trekkers

Tamil Nadu: Forest fire claim lives of over nine trekkers

At least nine people died and 27 had to be rescued as the raging inferno spread through the Kurangani hills in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

A 36-member team - 24 people from Chennai and 12 from Tiruppur and Erode districts - had embarked on the trekking expedition and reached Kurangani hills on March 10.

The order is binding on all forest areas in the state, the forest department said. "They were caught in the forest fire when they were returning downhill on Sunday afternoon", said Theni district collector Mariam Pallavi Baldev.

On Monday morning, the IAF commandos with the help of three choppers poured chemical fire extinguisher powders to control the forest fire and nine trekkers stranded in the wild was rescued by the team headed by Theni SP. The defence forces, the personnel of the fire services and police departments have been engaged in the rescue operations, with full vigour.

The chief minister has ordered a probe and legal action against those who had arranged the expedition.

It also blamed local farmers for the fire that engulfed the area, killing some of the trekkers on a "women's trek to commemorate women's day".


She said the trekking group consisted of eight men, 25 women, and three children.

As summer months are the peak tourist season, the Department offices across Karnataka are flooded with applications from wildlife enthusiasts seeking permission for trekking.

His deputy O Panneerselvem, Forest Minister Dindigul C Srinivasan and top officials were overseeing the operations, on his request, he told reporters in Salem.

Kurangani-Kozhukumalai hills in the Western Ghats are located near Bodinayakanur, about 40 kms from here.

Speaking to IANS on phone, a Revenue Department official in Madurai said: "The injured have been admitted to hospitals in Madurai". "Our team was already downhill of Kolukkumalai, trying to put out the fire", he said.

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