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Tamil Nadu: Death toll in Kurangani forest fire rises to 11


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Chennai: The death toll in Tamil Nadu’s Kurangani Hills forest fire increased to 11 on Tuesday, with a 29-year-old succumbing to severe burn injuries, said an official.

“She (Divya from Erode) was admitted in Madurai Government Hospital with severe burn injuries. She died at around 12.30 p.m,” a hospital official told IANS. On Sunday, a group of 36 trekkers were caught in the forest fire in Kurangani Hills in Theni district.

While nine persons lost their lives on the spot, one person died at a Madurai hospital on Monday. The injured have been admitted in a separate ward. Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purhohit on Tuesday visited the Madurai Government Hospital and consoled the family members of the injured.