The Theni hill's forest fire rescue operations are in full swing. The fire has already claimed ten lives with another 27 rescued by the Garud commandos of the IAF. The people who died in the fire include four women, five men, and a child.

11 persons have been admitted to different hospitals with varying burn injuries from 20 to 95 percent. The state government has put a team of doctors which include plastic surgeons and trauma specialists to manage the treatment of the injured.

15 elite Garud Commandos carrying out the rescue operation

15 elite Garud Commandos spearhead the rescue efforts. Three IAF helicopters have been put into the process.

Heavy winds and the treacherous terrain is hampering the rescue operation. Defense Minister, Nirmala Seetha Raman has informed that Advance Light Helicopters have been pressed into service because it is light and more maneuverable.

No permission obtained by trekking organizers

The massive forest fire entrapped a team of 36 trekkers who had gone trekking in the Kurangani hills in Bodi foothills. The IAF commandos have been able to retrieve some dead bodies after dousing the fires. They are carrying the dead bodies to a flat portion of the hill so that they can be transported by helicopters.

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The trekking team was a part of the Women’s Day celebrations. It included two groups of trekkers which included 24 trekkers from Chennai Trekking Club and another 12 trekkers from Erode and Tirupur. Meanwhile, the state forest ministry in a statement has said that the trekking organizers had not obtained permission for conducting the trekking mission.

A temporary helipad has been constructed at the Bodi foothills in the close vicinity of the trekking camp to expedite the rescue operation. The IAF is also conducting an aerial survey with the help of two helicopters.