Death in the hills

Print edition : April 13, 2018

A raging forest fire in the Kurangani hills in the Western Ghats near Theni in Tamil Nadu on March 11. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Trekkers being brought down by local guides from the hill on March 11 evening. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Injured trekkers on the hills being put into an IAF helicopter that was part of the search-and-rescue operation. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

A team of Armed Reserve Police personnel and local youths, around 50 of them, was engaged in the rescue efforts. Here, the body of a trekker being carried to the base camp at Kurangani village. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Atulya Mishra, Secretary, Department of Revenue and Disaster Management, who is the one-man commission probing the tragedy, visiting the hills on MArch 22. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

A forest fire claims almost an entire team of trekkers at Kolukkumalai in Tamil Nadu’s Theni district, and even as official rescue efforts come up short, the local people launch a night-long operation to search for and bring down survivors.

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