At least nine trekkers have died as a forest in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu aught fire on Sunday. According to the authorities, they have rescued 21 fire-trapped people from the Kurangini hills, trekking destination where the fire broke out.
People injured by the blaze have suffered several burns. They have been rushed a nearby state hospital for the treatment.
After the state government asked for assistance, militaries were sent to the area for more rescue efforts and to extinguish the blaze. after the state government asked for assistance. Six people are reported to be still trapped t the blaze.
India's Tamil Nadu Forest Fire Leaves At Least Nine Trekkers Dead: Six People Are Still Trapped
Senior official Pallavi Baldev told media,
It has been difficult to rescue people since the incident occurred in the night and there are landslides in the region. But the medical team is rushing to provide first aid to those already rescued.
A 29-year-old woman named Illakiya Chandran, who had been on the trek to celebrated international women's day with her friend, is the one who have been rescued from the fire. Her husband told BBC Tamil that she walked for a mile in the forest with her injuries.
She was saved only because of her will power,
Vijayalakshmi, who was successful to be rescued, told BBC Tamil that she had a "lucky escape".
We were on the hill trail of the Chennai trekking club and some of us were caught in the fires. I also got burned, but luckily we were able to escape.
Civilians from the area had reportedly been assisting in rescue efforts.
Injured people have been taken to the nearest government hospital in Madurai city and plastic surgeons are to provide treatment free of cost, J Radhakrishnan, the state health secretary, told BBC Tamil.