In wake of the forest fire near Kurangani hills of Tamil Nadu, trekking in the area has been temporarily prohibited.
“The Kerala Chief Secretary and Chairman of State Disaster Management authority issued directions that trekking to the hills should be stopped until all firelines are cleared,” said Kerala’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forest PK Kesavan.
The fire that broke out in Theni district of the state on Sunday has claimed nine lives till now.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) was pressed into action by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman after reports of the forest fire surfaced.
On Monday morning, 16 commandos of the Garud Commando Force and four choppers from the IAF, with one of them at standby, arrived here to commence the search and rescue operation.
As many as 27 people have been rescued, out of which ten suffered minor injuries while eight sustained serious injuries.