Theni forest fire: Death toll reaches 18

By NT Bureau Published on Mar 22, 2018 03:54 PM IST

Chennai: The number of victims who lost their lives in the forest fire in Kurangani hills in Theni district touched 18 today, after a woman with severe burn injuries breathed her last.

According to sources, Jayashri of Chennai died today at a hospital in Coimbatore, without responding to treatment.

Meanwhile, the Enquiry Officer appointed by the Tamil Nadu government to probe the circumstances leading to the deaths of several trekkers in a forest fire in the Kurangani hills, began his probe today.

Atulya Mishra, Principal secretary, revenue and disaster management, began his enquiry into the fire. Officials said he interacted with personnel of the forest, ambulance and police departments and also visited the site of the fire.

The Terms of Reference include circumstances leading to the incident, a review of procedure in the Forest Department for regulation and permission for trekking in reserved forest areas.