Tamil Nadu forest fire: At least 27 rescued and 9 confirmed dead, rescue operation underway

WION Web Team Delhi, India Mar 12, 2018, 04.39 AM(IST)

The deceased include four women, four men and a child. Photograph:( ANI )

According to fresh reports, at least 27 people have been rescued out of over 60 trekkers trapped in the forest-fire at Kurangani, Tamil Nadu. Search operations are underway with IAF choppers deployed along with 16 commandos of Garud Commando Force. 

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So far, nine people have been confirmed dead in the fire. The deceased include four women, four men and a child.

Out of 27 people who have been rescued, 10 sustained minor injuries, while 8 of them are severely injured.

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A sudden forest fire broke out in the Kurangani hills in Tamil Nadu's Theni district last afternoon.