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CHENNAI: At least nine people died in a forest fire in Kurangani hills in Tamil Nadu on Sunday, Theni district collector M Pallavi Baldev said on Monday.
As many as 36 trekkers – 24 for from Chennai, including 23 women, and 12 from Tirupur, including three women and three children — were caught in the fire on Sunday afternoon. Forest officials said the trekkers had tried to take refuge inside a dried up stream but the dried grass in the stream quickly caught fire.
Visuals of forest-fire in Kurangani. (ANI photo)
After massive rescue operations led by the India Air Force team, 21 people were rescued. State health secretary J Radhakrishnan said eight trekkers had been sent to the circuit house. All of them were treated in the Kurangani primary health centre before being were sent to the Bodi General Hospital.
Five people with critical injuries were sent to Theni Medical College Hospital, six were sent to Madurai Medical College and three others were taken to a private medical college. “All of them are critical but are being treated by experts,” he said.
Help centre established at Madurai Government Rajaji Hospital to provide information on injured trekkers.
Plastic surgeons and emergency management experts from Chennai and doctors from Trichy were sent to Madurai and Theni hospitals to treat the injured trekkers.