Tamil Nadu forest fire: Tourist guide arrested

Indian Air Force has been instructed to help in rescue operations and evacuation

Indian Air Force has been instructed to help in rescue operations and evacuation

Anyone visiting the forest would have to listen to a presentation detailing how to prevent forest fires and rescue measures to be adopted.

The trend is driven in part by better reporting, but also increasing average temperatures across India, particularly in Tamil Nadu, and dry foliage because of lack of rainfall, according to experts. Six of the nine killed trekkers were from Chennai while the rest were from Tiruppur.

"A total of 10 trekkers perished in the fire". The whereabouts of three are unknown. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami had said on Monday they had not taken the required permission to be in the area. He said a detailed probe will be held into the accident.

"I would like to appreciate RM @nsitharaman Ji, the Indian Air Force, the Garud Commandos and the local administration for their stupendous efforts during the rescue and relief operations in the wake of the Theni forest fire", Modi tweeted.

Many of those injured have suffered severe burns and are receiving treatment at a nearby state hospital. Purohit pointed out at the involvement of defence forces, personnel of the fire services and police department in the rescue operations.

Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam met the injured at Bodi public hospital. NDTV reported about a video of the trapped people taken from the hills.

As summer months are the peak tourist season, the Department offices across Karnataka are flooded with applications from wildlife enthusiasts seeking permission for trekking. The remains of one more person were earlier brought down by the road. The blaze left faces of a few women trekkers disfigured, making identification a challenge for the health department, he added. At the moment, the Garuds are trying to lift the dead bodies to a higher plain.

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.

The bodies have been sent for identification and they would be handed over to the relatives after an autopsy.

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