Tamil Nadu forest fire LIVE UPDATES: At least 12 students rescued with serious burn injuries
At least 20 students are feared trapped in Kurankani hills after a fire broke out in the forest in Theni district of Tamil Nadu on Sunday. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the Indian Air Force has been pressed into service to rescue the students. The minister added that the Southern Command was in touch with the Theni District Collector in this regard.
As per reports, 12 students have been rescued till now, all of whom have sustained serious burn injuries. The students were trekking in Kurankani hills in Theni when the fire broke out.
“Responding to the request from the Hon @CMOTamilNadu on the forest -fire related issue -20 students are caught in Kurangani, Theni district. Instructed @IAF_MCC to help in rescue and evacuation. The Southern Command is in touch with the Collector of Theni. @ThanthiTV @pibchennai,” the minister posted on Twitter.
Several fire tenders have reached the spot and rescue operations are underway.