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Operation on to rescue trekkers in TN forest fire

IANS  |  Chennai 

Trekkers caught up in a forest fire at Hills in district in are being rescued and brought to the plains, said the on Monday.

Speaking to IANS, said the rescue operations were continuing and the trekkers were being brought down by the rescue team members.

According to her, three of the injured have been admitted in a with minor injuries.

A commando team from (IAF) has joined the search and rescue operations.

The IAF commando team flew in from near on Sunday late night and climbed up the hills.

on Sunday said the commandos will be deployed in rescue mission. They will carry medicines and provide medical assistance.

The commandos, having access to advanced communication facilities, will also check about the landing facility for the helicopter on Monday morning or decide on other ways of evacuating those stuck on the spot, including the injured, Sitharaman added.

Baldev said 15 persons had been rescued and search was on for others. The rescued trekkers have been admitted to nearby hospital.

She said 24 trekkers from and 12 from Erode and Tiruppur had gone to the Hills.

The trekking group consisted of eight men, 25 women and three children who had camped at a place up in the hills on Saturday night and they decided to return on Sunday.

It was later gleaned that the trekking team, majority of them women, had embarked on trekking as part of activity.

However, Forest Department said that trekking organisers had not obtained any permission.



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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 07:40 IST