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Ker temporarily bans trekking in forest areas after TN fire incident

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

The government today temporarily banned trekking in state forest areas in the backdrop of the fire at hills in neighbouring Tamil Nadu, in which nine people were killed.

A decision to this effect was taken by the State Disaster Management Authority, a statement issued by the chief minister's office said.

As many as nine people, who were part of a trekking expedition were killed in the forest fire at near district, about 500 km from Chennai, yesterday.

The has been directed to take all necessary precautions to prevent forest fires, the statement quoted as saying. He added that the Authority was closely monitoring the situation.

The district were given instructions to assist the rescue operations undertaken by officials immediately when it was known that the fire had broken out in district on the Kerala-border, Vijayan said.

Personnel of Fire Force, state police and the forest department took part in the rescue and relief operations, he added.

A 36-member team -- 24 people from Chennai and 12 from Tirupur and Erode districts -- on a trekking expedition had reached hills on March 10. Nine died in the forest fire that raged on the hills while 17 were hospitalised with injuries and 10 did not require hospitalisation.

Vijayan expressed grief over the tragedy.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 14:20 IST