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Theni forest fire: Rescue operations underway

Tamil Nadu forest fire Visuals of forest-fire in Kurangani Theni
Kenny Thornton | 11 March, 2018, 21:38

On a request from chief minister E Palanisamy, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has instructed the Indian Air Force to help in rescue operations and evacuation of students.

A group of college students from Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore and Erode districts, who had embarked upon a trekking expedition, are feared trapped in a raging forest fire atop Kurangani Hills near Bodinayakkanur in Theni district on Sunday.

On the sidelines of another event in Salem, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said most of the people trapped in the forest have been rescued and only 10 of them are pending. She wrote, "IAF has been contacted by Thenani district Collector of the Honorable K Palaniswami in the process of recovering about 20-25 trapped students in the Kurangani hills in Theni District". Around 50 people, including several students, were trekking in Kurankani hills in Theni when the fire broke out. As per the latest updates coming in, 1 student has unfortunately lost his life while around 10-15 students have been rescued.

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However, the darkness is making rescue operations increasingly hard. Rescue operations are on with a search party reaching the site of the fire. So far the cause of the fire is still not known.

A medical team had been sent to the spot and employees of a nearby private tea estate were also assisting in the rescue operations, she said quoting the collector.

On a tip off from the locals, a rescue team comprising over 100 personnel of Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services department, forest and police rushed to the spot. The SPC has also spoken to the Tamilnadu DGP and assured all help.

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