The severe cyclone Vardah has further instensified and it is close to the Andhra Pradesh coast.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu chaired a review meeting at CM house on the day and directed the officials to take all precautionary measures. The severe cyclone Vardah has further intensified and it is close to the Andhra Pradesh coast. The meteorological department of Tamil Nadu issued a forecast that the cyclone is moving towards Northwest. It is 880 kilometers southeast of Nellore and likely to reach in two days making landfall on December 12 between Nellore and Machilipatnam in the state, forecast said on Saturday. Taking note of the situation, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu chaired a review meeting at CM house on the day and directed the officials to take all precautionary measures.
Over 2,300 tourists, including a dozen foreigners, were taken to safety by air and sea from Andaman and Nicobar islands on Friday, officials said. Altogether 2,376 tourists stranded in Havelock and Neil Islands, due to a deep depression formed over Bay of Bengal that later intensified into cyclone storm Vardah, were brought to Port Blair during the day long operation, the Directorate of Disaster Management said in a release.
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On Saturday, Air India operated a 144-seater Airbus A319 relief flight to Port Blair to bring back stranded passengers. Earlier, six Indian Navy ships, three Coast Guard vessels, besides ships of Directorate of Shipping Services, and three Indian Air Force MI-17 V5 choppers took part in the rescue mission that started on Friday morning despite rain and strong winds, according to a Defence Ministry spokesperson.