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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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A forest fire raged in Kurangani hills in Theni district of Tamil Nadu. 9 are confirmed dead in Kurangani forest fire . 27 people have been rescued till now. A group of trekkers of 26 women, 8 men and 3 children were trapped in the fire .

5 reportedly dead in Kurangani forest fire . 15 people have been rescued till now. A group of trekkers of 26 women, 8 men and 3 children were trapped in the fire . A forest fire raged in Kurangani hills in Theni district of Tamil Nadu.

(Provided by The Times of India)

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 , CHENNAI: Nine people were killed in a massive forest fire in Kurangani hills in the Theni district of Tamil Nadu on Sunday. Another IAF chopper is on standby as the search and rescue operations continue .

Chennai: Nine trekkers have died in a forest fire on the Kurangani Hills in Tamil Nadu, the District Collector said on Monday. Also Read: Tamil Nadu: 40 trapped in Theni forest fire , 15 girls rescued .

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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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