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Theni forest fire a threat

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Theni forest fire is heard of for the first time. Just like in Australia, we should have an action plan to curb forest fires. The trekkers in the region were trapped and a newly-wed woman battles for life, even a the death toll rose to nine. A total of 16 Garud Commandos and three choppers joined rescue operations to put out the fire and rescue the people trapped there. The tragedy struck a group of trekkers in southern Tamil Nadu, as forest fires killed at least five girls and left many others injured in the Kolukkumalai area, close to Kurangini in Theni district. The trekkers, aged between 8 and 30 years, were trapped in the intense blaze that swept through the remote forests in the Western Ghats and rescuers struggled to reach them. Locals were among the first to reach out to the injured trekkers. This is a serious threat to the people living near the forest area of Theni in Tamil Nadu and the state government should act on a war-footing and rescue the people trapped with all possible means.

— Jayanthy S. Maniam, Sion

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