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Massive operation on to rescue students from TN forest fire

IANS  |  Chennai 

Authorities in were engaged in a massive operation on Sunday to rescue some students caught in a forest fire in district, with saying the IAF has also been pressed into service.

The students, who are from and Coimbatore, were trekking in the when they got caught in the fire.

A fire service from told IANS that ambulances and fire tenders have been sent to the spot. Police and workers in a nearby tea estate are also helping.

The said since the area does not have a good mobile network, full information is not available. Senior fire service officials have gone there.

The got information about the incident around 3 p.m., said another

"One of the trekking team members called 108 and alerted about their situation. The then called us," the official said.

Fire service personnel reached there armed with ropes, searchlights and other equipment to climb the hills. The official said the vehicles can ply only till

Up on the hills, there is a tourist spot called 'Otha Maram' (single tree).

"That has become a tourist spot now. From Bodinayakanur, is around 12 km. From there one has to trek up to spot," the added.

He said the trekking team could have climbed from the side also.

The official said it is not known how they reached the spot and if it was with or without the knowledge of the

In her latest tweet, Sitharaman said she had spoken to the District Collector and around 10-15 students were coming down to the foothills.

An (IAF) helicopter from Sulur base has gone to the spot. The helicopter will carry out a survey on the spread of the fire and its intensity.

Early on Monday, an IAF helicopter will fly to the spot and carry out a rescue mission, if necessary.

Sitharaman said she was responding to a request from Chief Minister



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First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 20:40 IST