Chennai natives Akhila, Premalata, Shuba, Punita, Vipin and Arun; and Erode natives Vijay, Vivek, and Tamilselvi have been identified among the dead. The chief minister Edappadi K.Palaniswami is headed for Madurai to visit the injured persons in the hospital.
The Kurangani-Kozhukumalai hills in the Western Ghats are located near Bodinayakanur, about 40km from Theni.
Kerala Forest Department on Monday banned trekking in forest areas with immediate effect after wildfire claimed several lives in the Korangani Hills near Theni in Kerala-Tamil Nadu border area on Sunday. According to a Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services official, the operation was expected to be over by Monday afternoon.More news: PM Narendra Modi says India aims to eradicate Tuberculosis by 2025
The fire situation looked very serious but could be controlled, an official told PTI on condition of anonymity.
Rescue efforts began Sunday, aided by the Indian Air Force and the National Disaster Management, with two helicopters helping to evacuate those stranded. Questions are now being raised as to how the forest officials allowed the group of trekkers to literally walk into the fiery death trap. "I was anguished to know that 10 persons were killed in the forest fire", the Chief Minister said.More news: WINTON GROUP Ltd Purchases 15978 Shares of Sherwin-Williams Co (SHW)
Sitharaman remained in touch with the District Collector and directed the Indian Airforce to co-ordinate in the rescue operations. Instructed @IAF_MCC to help in rescue and evacuation.
Of those rescued, 18 were injured, Mr Kandasamy said.
A 36-member team-24 people from Chennai and 12 from Tiruppur and Erode districts-on a trekking expedition reached the Kurangani hills on March 10. Three of them had returned to the plains without going ahead further.More news: Portable power banks recalled due to fire, chemical burn hazards
Madurai District Collector Veeraraghava Rao said medical teams comprising plastic surgeons have been deployed to provide treatment at the Madurai Government Rajaji Hospital.