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10 members of trekking expedition killed in TN forest fire, 27 rescued

10 members of trekking expedition killed in TN forest fire, 27 rescued

He also ordered a full-fledged probe into the forest fire tragedy to unravel the facts on how the fire spread.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister K Palaniswami is rushing to Theni to oversee rescue operations.

According to government data, Theni is also a key route for the nature lovers to important tourist destinations such as Munnar and Thekkadi in neighbouring Kerala.

The fire situation looked very serious but could be controlled, an official told PTI on condition of anonymity.

Of the survivors, 18 are injured, eight of them critically. The defence forces, the personnel of the fire services and police departments have been engaged in the rescue operations, with full vigour. It took some time to get through to officials, she said. "On Saturday morning, when the group started to trek, there was no sign of fire in the entire forest range, and by evening, the team reached the Kolukkumalai tea estate at the top of the hill and camped there", it said. Modi said in a tweet.

The Dhaka to Kathmandu US-Bangla Airlines flight, with 67 passengers and four crew members on board, caught fire after it careened off the runway and ploughed into a football ground near the airport, TIA spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur said. Instructed @IAF_MCC to help in rescue and evacuation.

DMK Working President M.K.Stalin, MDMK General Secretary Vaiko, PMK Founder Dr.S.Ramadoss, former AIADMK leader T.T.V.Dhinakaran among leaders of various political parties condoled the death of trekkers in the forest fire.

The fire broke out late Sunday evening when a group of almost 40 people, mostly young college students, went trekking in Kurangini hills in Theni district, 540 kms from state capital Chennai. "Nobody has stopped them so far", he said.

"Special medical teams have been sent to Bodinayyakanur hospital", Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar wrote on his official Twitter page.

"It is dark, it is a hilly place and it is not a motorable road".