Death toll in TN forest fire increases to 11

Death toll in TN forest fire increases to 11

Death toll in TN forest fire increases to 11

I wish them all the best for recovery and rehabilitation.

Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said the government would probe into the trekking expedition organised by a Chennai-based club, which did not claim proper approval from the forest department.

The helicopters undertook a survey of the area and returned to neighbouring Madurai. Two people succumbed to injuries at the Government Rajaji Government Hospital in Madurai.

Vijayalakshmi acted swiftly and informed local people about the fire and her stranded trek mates.

Baldev said there is no motorable road to the spot where the fire raged.

Official sources said the search operations were concluded as all the trekkers were accounted for. Also, she added that "While the trekkers were coming down, they came across a forest fire and the group broke up". He also thanked Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for deploying the IAF team in the rescue effort.

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Forest minister Dindigul Srinivasan warned visitors to stay away from the hills.

The actor took to twitter to write about the incident, "Kurangani forest fire and its victims is heart rending".

SRamakrishnan from Kurangani police station told Mirror that the trekkers who were at Kolukkumalai, which is reported to be 7,130 ft above sea level, spotted the fire at around 2.30 pm on Sunday. Instructed @IAF_MCC to help in rescue and evacuation. The hill is located in Theni district, around 520 km from here. All rescued have been admitted to Bodinayyakanur government hospital for treatment.

A member of the trekking party, in a statement to the police, has reportedly said they paid Rs 200 per person as entry fee before climbing the hills.

The dead include four women, one child and four men. "When heavy wind fanned the flames, probably the wrong direction they took to escape...some of them may have got trapped in the fire probably", he said.

Independent legislator and sidelined AIADMK leader T.T.V. Dinakaran said the careless attitude of the Forest Department was the main reason for the deaths.

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