9 die in forest fire in southern India

9 die in forest fire in southern India

Nearby Kolukkumalai hills is stated to be the home to highest tea estate in the world located at an altitude close to 8,000 feet, according to Tamil Nadu "favtourism" blog.

Speaking to IANS on phone, a Revenue Department official in Madurai said: "The injured have been admitted to hospitals in Madurai". Those with burn injuries should heal fast. I wish them all the best for recovery and rehabilitation. "People with serious burn injuries have been shifted to Madurai hospital for specialised treatment", said Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar.

"Nine persons are dead, while 17 of the rescued have been hospitalised and 10 did not require hospitalisation", Commissioner of Revenue Administration K Sathyagopal told PTI. The bodies have been sent for identification and would be handed over to the relatives after autopsy.

The order is binding on all forest areas in the state, the forest department said.

Rescue Operation is On 9 People trekkers and 27 Rescued: - As per the reports, 36 trekkers who got trapped in Sunday evening's forest fire in Tamil Nadu are being rescued by the local authorities.

"This critical information was immediately shared with the forest department along with participant details and helped in the search and rescue operations".

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Paramilitary personnel prepare to start a rescue mission in the Kurangani hills.

Using the Global Positioning System location obtained during the aerial survey on Sunday, a team of 35 IAF personnel including a medical team were deployed to Bodi from Sulur Air Base, while 16 commandos of the Garud Commando Force went afoot along with the local team across the hilly terrains at 5 am on Monday. Twenty-six women, eight men and three children travelled to the region for a trek, she said.

The group had camped at a place up in the hills on Saturday night.

They started their descenet the next morning through the same trail they went up by and reached close to mid-point of the exit.

The 36-member team- 24 from Chennai and 12 from Tirupur and Erode districts- had embarked on the trekking expedition and reached the Kurangani hills in the Western Ghats on March 10. The "Contact Us" column just mentioned an email ID while the group claimed it was a "non-profit, volunteer based group which organises outdoor, sports, environmental conservation and social activities throughout the year on weekends and weekday mornings". The trekking party was returning from the Kurangani hills on Sunday when they got caught in the fire.

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