Around 25 women trekkers are feared to be trapped in the raging forest fire atop the Kurangani hills. Massive rescue operations including the Indian Air Force managed to rescue 15 trekkers and rushed them to the government hospital with burn injuries.
The trekkers were from Chennai, Tiruppur and Erode. They had gone in batches to spend the weekend in the forest. Due to the remote locality and lack of mobile phone towers, it was practicality difficult to get information. However the tribals and local villagers have been providing invaluable support to the rescue teams. Few video shots from the mobiles of local rescuers have disturbing visuals that show many girls in great pain crying for water.